Acting Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Aminat Zakari, has denied claims that she is an in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Zakari says she never fought nor asked for the job, adding that she never had any inkling that the INEC top job was going to be thrust on her.
In an interview with Punch, Zakari said she is capable of getting the job done.
She said: “I am a human being first. I have the capacity. If I have the ability to do something and there are ways and means of achieving your targets. You don’t rely on your brain alone. You have other people to rely on. I have done administration. I have worked in organisations that demand accountability.”
“I can’t say the General (Buhari) is my in-law. I am not married to his son. 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.”
“God decides who becomes (a) leader; if God decides I would be the one to continue, I will have to do my best. I did not lobby for it (acting chairmanship). I had packed all my things out of INEC; I wanted to leave on the 30th (of June).”
“I was just called on my way home as the chairman (Jega) handed over to Ambassador Wali. When I was called that the Head of Service was looking for me and I said, ‘what for?’ and I just continued driving. I was by Bullet House by the time I got the call and I just continued driving.”