I’m Not Married To Buhari’s Son, Neither Is My Daughter Married To Him- INEC Chairman

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The acting chairman of INEC, Mrs Amina Bala Zakari while
speaking with journalists about her preparations for the governorship elections
in Kogi and Bayelsa States has cleared the air about being married to Buhari’s
son or her daughter been married to him. She said her appointment was not because
they are in-laws like people have been saying, stating that she was appointed because
of her hard work and ability to deliver.
Is it true you have
familial or marital relationship with President Buhari?
I would say Gen. Buhari did not appoint me as a commissioner;
President Jonathan did. Before that, Gen. Obasanjo appointed me as a special
assistant and I was posted to FCT where I was secretary for health, agriculture
and social development at the same time. At the time President Jonathan came,
he was looking for people that had integrity. That was what I was told, and I
found myself in the commission and did my best. For somebody to now say Gen.
Buhari knew me and gave me the job, obviously he knew I am a hard worker and he
is a principled person. I have never known him for nepotism. He is a very
principled person. Continue…

If there are familial ties, the principle would have rubbed
off on that family. I come from a very principled family. My father survived
two regimes that were jailing and sacking people, and he survived both. And for
that, I don’t think I would do anything that would jeopardise that principle. I
can’t say the general is my in-law. I am not married to his son and my daughter
is not married to him. That is what I understand about being an in-law. But obviously,
in life, you have acquaintances, people you have known. But I think people
should not get distracted by this ‘family or no family’. Am I competent? Can I
deliver? Can I conduct my affairs with integrity? The President’s message is
for people to be honest and to have integrity. This is a statement he sent to
me. ‘Don’t do anything against your principle.’ Already, I have that principle
and I will maintain it.

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