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Amina Zakari: All you need to know about INEC result collation Panel Chair


Zakari: Family defends INEC commissioner, explains her relationship with Buhari

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday inaugurated ad hoc committees on the Electoral Logistics and the National Collation Centre.

At the inauguration, the electoral commission announced, Amina  Zakari, an INEC National Commissioner as the chairman of the ad hoc committee on National Collation Centre.

By her new appointment, Zakari, will be responsible for announcing the result of the presidential election.

However, opposition parties led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have faulted Zakari’s appointment claiming she’s a niece of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 presidential election.

However, here all the things to know about Zakari:

Amina Bala Zakari was the former Acting Chairman of INEC. Her appointment took effect from the directive of the President Muhammadu Buhari following the expiration of the tenure of her predecessor, Attahiru Jega on July 30, 2015.

Zakari, who was the first woman to be appointed to the position of the leadership of INEC and later replaced with Mahmood Yakubu is a princess of the Kazaure Emirate of Jigawa State.

She was born on June 23, 1960 to the late Emir of Kazaure, Hussaini Adamu.

Zakari completed her elementary education at Shekara Girls Primary School, Kano in 1971 and had her secondary education at Queens College, Lagos.

The Kazaure princess holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy with Second Class Upper, best graduating student, in 1980 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

She was the Senior Consultant/Chief Pharmacist working on PTF-funded health projects across Nigeria.

The former INEC boss once served as Special Assistant to the President from 2004 to 2007. She was former National Electoral Commissioner at INEC. She had also chaired the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) of INEC.

She was chairman of the INEC Planning Monitoring and Strategy Committee, effective November 2014.

Zakari is a widow with five children, who lost her husband in December 2000. Her late husband, Bala Zakari Kazaure, Santurakin Kazaure, a career banker and economist was an executive officer at Union Bank PLC prior to his death.

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