Former Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has revealed hitherto unknown nexus between his successor, Gov. Neysom Wike, and the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
Ameachi and Wike are at daggers drawn that dates back to the run up to the 2015 general election at a time the latter was education minister in ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.
The Transport Minister, the Director General of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election campaign is aggrieved at INEC over the electoral body’s compliance with court orders banning the All Progressive Congress from fielding candidate for governorship in the forthcoming poll in the state.
Amaechi frowned on INEC’s stance claiming it may have been borne out of alleged rapport between Prof. Yakubu and Wike in an interview he granted in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
“We are going out on Saturday to vote Buhari. If INEC decides to obey the stay of execution, we are ready to vote on Saturday. If INEC Chairman is working for PDP and will not obey the order because he was Director of TETFUND under Wike’s ministry when he was minister, so be it. We will continue to pursue the right of the people to choose who their leader would be. You can’t force leaders on the people,” he told newsmen.
Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) is a scheme under the ministry of education and it is charged with disbursement, management and monitoring of education tax to government-owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria.