I won’t join 2023 presidential race – INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

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Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced that he will not run for president in 2023.

The INEC Chairman declared in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, that calls for him to run for office are a “preposterous idea” and that he will not do so.

He reiterated his commitment to free, fair, and credible elections as an umpire.

Yakubu stated:

“Our attention has been drawn to innuendoes in certain quarters that Nigerians should not be surprised if the INEC Chairman joins the Presidential race or urging him to do so.

“It is a preposterous proposition. It will not happen.

“His constitutional responsibilities as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Federation and Returning Officer for the presidential election are onerous enough for him to even contemplate straying into extraneous matters at variance with the law, morality and his personal principles.

“The chairman will continue to discharge his responsibilities without affection for, or ill will against, any political party or candidate.”

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