Mahmood Yakubu Served Under Me Before INEC Job, Peter Obi Reveals
- Presidential hopeful Peter Obi has stated that it pays to do the right thing rather than lobby for it
- He stated that it does not matter how long it takes to do the right, but the law must take its course
- While speaking at a book launch in Awka, Anambra state, he revealed that the current INEC boss used to serve under him but never approached him to lobby him
Anambra, Awka – The presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has disclosed his past relationship with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Mahmood Yakubu.
Obi, on Friday, May 12, at a book launch in Awka, Anambra state, revealed that Prof Yakubu served under him at one point in his career.
As reported by Daily Trust, Obi stated that he never leveraged the privilege or made an attempt to approach Prof Yakubu in the buildup to the presidential polls.
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“…I have been the chairman of a committee; TETFUND committee, and Prof Mahmood was my member. We know ourselves, but when he became INEC chairman, I have never met him. I told him, you’re an umpire, just do what is right.
“If you have the chance to do the right thing, and you insist on perpetuating anarchy, then, it will consume everybody one day. I insist that we must do the right thing.”
The Labour Party bannerman is currently at loggerheads with the president-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the presidential election petition tribunal. He is challenging the latter’s victory at the just-concluded presidential election.
Obi, who has refused to concede defeat, is seeking the cancellation of Tinubu’s election as he has also presented an application before the tribunal seeking a live telecast of the proceedings in court throughout the tribunal.
“I Must Be President of This Country,” Peter Obi Declares
In another development, the Labour Party presidential bannerman Peter Obi is confident he will retrieve the presidential mandate from Bola Tinubu.
During a book launch in Awka, Anambra state capital, Obi said he must be president of Nigeria.
He noted that retrieving the mandate would be a gradual process, but he would prevail at the end of the hurdle.