Following the postponement of the elections, speculations have been on that the president might likely sack Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, but the president has refuted the claims.
Speaking on the issue, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, insisted there was no truth in such claims, as the president would need a resolution by two-thirds majority of the Senate to do so.
According to the Nation, his statement reads; “Those reports are utterly baseless and false. There is nothing like that.
“Whoever is saying the President is removing INEC chairman is just displaying his illiteracy. Let him go and read the constitution.
“You need a resolution by two-thirds majority of the Senate for any such action,”
Nigerian Pilot, reported that the independent body moved the general elections to Saturday, February 23, about six hours to the start of the polls on the original date of February 16.