By Yomi Kareem
Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to the Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has described the calls in some quarters for his principal to join the 2023 presidential race as preposterous and callous.
In a statement issued yesterday, he posited that the Commission’s attention has been drawn to innuendoes in certain quarters that Nigerians should not be surprised if the INEC Chairman joins the Presidential race or urging him to do so.
Oyekanmi maintained that it is a preposterous proposition and that it will not happen.
The CPS averred that the INEC Chairman remains an umpire committed to free, fair and credible elections.
“His constitutional responsibilities as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Federation and Returning Officer for the presidential election are onerous enough for him to even contemplate straying into extraneous matters at variance with the law, morality and his personal principles,” he said.
Adding that, Prof. Yakubu will continue to discharge his responsibilities without affection for, or illwill against, any political party or candidate.