Abuja - The United Progressive Party (UPP) has congratulated Mrs Amina Zakari over her appointment as the Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A statement signed by the National Chairman of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie, in Abuja on Thursday, also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment.
It described the appointment as meritorious, adding that Zakari is a conscientious, upright and diligent personality who had exhibited fairness, firmness in the discharge of her duties in the commission.
"We congratulate her for being the first woman in the history of the electoral body in Nigeria to lead the commission, even in an acting capacity.’’
Okorie in the statement called on the newly appointed chairman to instill discipline among the staff of the commission, to ensure zero tolerance to corruption.
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The statement explained that an improved and credible electoral reform would depend on the neutrality, credibility and non-partisanship of officers of the commission.
"We commend President Muhammadu Buhari for exercising his prerogative of power under the Nigerian Constitution in appointing Mrs Amina Zakari.
"We do not share in the unwarranted propaganda by the PDP on an appointment in which the president merely exercised his inherent powers.
"We urge the president not to appoint only card-carrying members of APC as Federal Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) whenever he is considering such appointments.
"As a stakeholder in INEC in our capacity as a registered and functional political party, we are aware that most of the poor image of the commission emanates from certain category of the commissions’ staff.
"We, therefore, recommend that all staff of the commission against whom verifiable and cogent petitions have been raised should be dealt with administratively,’’ the statement said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Buhari, on June 30, appointed Zakari as the Acting Chairman of INEC following the expiration of Prof. Attahiru Jega’s term in office.
Zakari was before her appointment, a National Electoral Commissioner at INEC.