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Buhari's choice to pick INEC Chairman from his region does not show a free & fair election-Osuntokun

A prominent Labour Party member has raised worry over President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination of Mahmud Yakubu to chair the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) amid the confusion and controversy surrounding the February 25 presidential election.

In an interview with Africa Independent Television's "Focus Nigeria" on Monday morning, Akin Osuntokun, the Director-General of the Labour Party Campaign Council, remarked that Yakubu's nomination by Buhari is uncommon in Nigeria's political history. Since Nigeria gained independence in 1960, no politician, according to Osuntokun, has ever chosen an INEC Chairman from their own region.

When it comes to the management of Nigeria's election commission, Osuntokun underlined the value of transparency and objectivity. He argued that by picking a candidate from his own constituency, Buhari may have placed himself in a conflict of interest and lacked the impartiality required for a free and fair election. By selecting the INEC Chairman from his own Region, Buhari failed to demonstrate a free and fair election.

In response to Osuntokun's comments, which have created a lively discussion across the country, many Nigerians have raised fears about the future of their democracy. Some have urged Buhari to reconsider and name a Chairman from a different region, while others have defended Buhari's right to choose whoever he sees fit.

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