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How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by Dotng: 10:45pm On Nov 18
EXPOSED: How INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Allegedly Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment

Findings by SaharaReporters have revealed that securing a second tenure in office didn’t come cheap for Prof Yakubu as he had to part ways with huge sums of money to facilitate his reappointment.

Inside details of how Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, secured reappointment for a second term in office have emerged.

But like many public officials favoured by the power blocs in Aso Rock Villa, Nigeria’s seat of power, he was immediately rewarded with another term of five years.

However, findings by SaharaReporters have revealed that securing a second tenure in office didn’t come cheap for Prof Yakubu as he had to part ways with huge sums of money to facilitate his reappointment.

According to a top insider, Yakubu paid at least N3bn in bribes to have his tenure as INEC Chairman extended by another five years.

“He paid a princely sum of N2bn to a group led by Senate President Ahmed Lawan and another N1bn to another group.

“These huge funds were deployed and mobilised by a civil servant and director in INEC, who is described as wealthy and in charge of a strategic department.

“The director was also aided by a contractor to the commission, Mohammed Sani Musa, who is presently a serving senator from Niger State responsible for the printing of INEC ballot papers used for elections under a company (Activate Technologies),” the source told SaharaReporters.

It was further gathered that the reappointment of Yakubu as INEC boss was further made possible with the deaths of President Buhari’s former Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and Alhaji Isa Funtua, and the disappearance from public glare of Mamman Daura, a key member of a trusted group of allies Buhari relies on before making important decisions.

The absence of these men, it was gathered, created the perfect avenue for powerful government officials with vested interests to persuade the President into handing Yakubu a fresh term in office.

According to the source, the return of Yakubu as INEC boss was part of a larger ongoing tussle among power brokers in the country to have the agency under their firm control ahead of the 2023 general elections, which to a large extent will determine the fate of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

There are currently at least four power blocs within the APC all fighting to determine persons to occupy key positions in the agency ahead of 2023.

One group is said to be headed by Senate President Lawan, another by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, a third by Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omoagege, while the fourth group comprises key individuals in Aso Rock Villa alongside Bola Tinubu’s caucus.

“In the current struggle to take over INEC, the Aso Rock group took the lead very early to outsmart others when they forwarded the name of Ms Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner nominee to replace a South-South candidate, Dr Mustapha Lecky, representing the zone whose tenure elapsed on November 9.

“Unfortunately, Mr Lecky is the INEC chairmanship candidate being sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Omoagege, hence he vehemently raised legitimate concerns about the credibility of Onochie even though in actual fact, he did that because of the implication of that choice for his own candidate, who is reputed to be the most corrupt national commissioner and a consultant to politicians.

“The Aso Rock group put Onochie forward even when a serving South-South candidate was from the same senatorial zone in Delta State.

“In the haste to extinguish the Deputy Senate President’s candidate, they failed to conduct the required onground diligence in Delta State.

“In any event, the action of the Aso Rock group also took the Senate President's group by surprise when the letter containing the nomination of the INEC National Commissioner nominees including Onochie was sent to the Senate President and it was read on the floor of the Senate.

“The shock and awe tactics by the Aso Rock group pushed the Ahmed Lawan group a few hours later to respond by riding on public sentiments against the nomination, hence, it was reported that the Senate caucus then wrote to the President requesting for another nominee to replace Onochie.

“This was done to enable the Lawan group to perfect their own ongoing compromised negotiations with Prof Yakubu, who was desperate to get a second term and was willing to meet any demands made on him to secure a second term.

“To pre-empt the AGF Malami group that had already pencilled their own chairmanship candidate, who is also a professor from the North, the Lawan group moved quickly ahead of the Malami group to get the nod of President Buhari and immediately Prof Yakubu's reappointment was announced in the media but no letter to the effect was read on the floor of the Senate.

“The procedural omission was to checkmate Malami's group that were also going to get an approval from the President.

“The tragedy of the Presidency at the moment is that any group that gets to the President first, gets endorsement.

“In fact, the recent strategy is to get your nominee for any appointment announced first in the media to commit the government and then get the President's signature on it later.

“That was how the Ahmed Lawan group triumphed for now before the Senate proceeded on recess to deal with the 2021 budget.

“Omoagege's group had been lobbying in the past few months to have Dr Lecky from Edo State as chairman using his Muslim faith to campaign to those around the President.

“Ironically, those who positioned themselves for the interest of Bola Tinubu have not been able to make meaningful in-roads to influence the choice of those to be appointed into the commission.

“As things stand, electoral integrity and the independence of INEC is gone and does not matter in the motivation of any of the contending groups and this portends a grave danger for democracy in Nigeria,” the source disclosed.

This development, according to findings by SaharaReporters, has cast a shadow of doubt over the integrity and fairness of the 2023 general elections under the APC-led federal administration in Nigeria.

On November 12, Hope Democratic Party, one of the parties earlier deregistered by INEC, filed a suit at the Federal High Court to stop the Nigerian Senate from screening Prof Yakubu for a second term in office.

A statement by Auwal Abdullahi for the National Chairman of the party, said that Yakubu’s reappointment did not follow due process as a meeting of the Council of State did not deliberate upon it and approve it as demanded by the 1999 constitution.

No date has been fixed for the hearing, however, Yakubu has stepped aside since November 9 pending his confirmation by the Senate.

Ahmed Muazu is currently heading the electoral agency as Acting Chairman.

http://saharareporters.com/2020/11/18/exposed-how-inec-chairman-prof-mahmood-yakubu-allegedly-paid-n3bn-secure-reappointment

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by sodiqapril(m): 10:48pm On Nov 18
Lol.... corruption is the only thing thriving in this country

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by Mutemenot(m): 10:49pm On Nov 18
shocked Too many cabals in Buahari's government enjoying their loot. Haven't seen a government as useless as this, cashout everywhere n no one cares

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by Tobinrobin(m): 10:55pm On Nov 18
It’s more like an investment. He knows he’d receive x10 of that come election period. That’s why they always never want to leave. Bunch of criminals

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by moneyshop: 11:02pm On Nov 18
If I was known I will have study Politician in School instead of English Languwage.

Now, with my First classes in English I can't even landed a job while one man is using 3bn naira to buy job slut.

I'll go back to School probably

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by Xzellentgraphic: 11:02pm On Nov 18
This country is doom

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by Kestolove(f): 11:29pm On Nov 18
Mamood is better than maurice iwu 1million times...never again wey dat tribe go b inec chairman

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by yarimo(m): 12:08am On Nov 19
fake news alert nairalanders

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by lagdmark(m): 12:18am On Nov 19
moneyshop:
If I was known I will have study Politician in School instead of English Languwage.

Now, with my First classes in English I can't even landed a job while one man is using 3bn naira to buy job slut.

I'll go back to School probably
1st class in English still you're not brilliant enough to create job in your community, you really need to go back to school.

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by thatsleepboy1(m): 12:22am On Nov 19
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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by HandmadeD: 12:28am On Nov 19
Hnnm
No sane man will argue this article. Because we all know the type of plan politicians have for us

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by OfficialAwol(m): 1:03am On Nov 19
But na where Mahmoud see 3bn naira?

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by McTobe(m): 2:08am On Nov 19
For your mind you wan cause tribal fight on NL. Since after the #endsars protest people now know who their true enemies are...try again ovoko
Kestolove:
Mamood is better than maurice iwu 1million times...never again wey dat tribe go b inec chairman

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by Moferere: 4:33am On Nov 19
N3 billion, that's way too high

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by jowhyte(m): 5:50am On Nov 19
GEJ unneeded gentility brought us here. A man who never new the power of his office and bubu is schooling him on what he should have done.

The poverty, misrule, bad governance, impunity are all his products of allowing an old tired and probably deranged man in the form of bubu ever gets to power on platter.

Providence may not be fully kind to him for this.

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by Gandollaar(f): 6:35am On Nov 19
OfficialAwol:
But na where Mahmoud see 3bn naira?
People wey go complete the money for am plenty. Then when he cashes out he will settle with interest.

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by helinues: 6:46am On Nov 19
From the stable of Sahara Deserted
Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by ruggedtimi(m): 7:06am On Nov 19
True facts
Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by ruggedtimi(m): 7:07am On Nov 19
OfficialAwol:
But na where Mahmoud see 3bn naira?
A current minister from South south paid 11bill to get his appointment...Money was paid to the late MB Tight hand man. No be joke oh

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by ruggedtimi(m): 7:08am On Nov 19
moneyshop:
If I was known I will have study Politician in School instead of English Languwage.

Now, with my First classes in English I can't even landed a job while one man is using 3bn naira to buy job slut.

I'll go back to School probably
first class for English...which sch? grin

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by Juliusmalema: 7:18am On Nov 19
“Ironically, those who positioned themselves for the interest of Bola Tinubu have not been able to make meaningful in-roads to influence the choice of those to be appointed into the commission.


Ah ha

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by femi4: 7:35am On Nov 19
Kestolove:
Mamood is better than maurice iwu 1million times...never again wey dat tribe go b inec chairman
Both are corrupt anyway

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by OfficialAwol(m): 7:43am On Nov 19
Gandollaar:
People wey go complete the money for am plenty. Then when he cashes out he will settle with interest.

Lol. Plus election favors, you know.

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by sapientia(m): 8:13am On Nov 19
The worst thing happening to Nigeria is that Buhari is not in control

Whatever happens is the end of a power tussle between blocs

Its juts very very bad

N3bn just to be INEC chairman

That shows you our election is to the highest bidder

like how can a serving Senator use a front to print our ballot papers

Is NASS so cursed?

Kestolove:
Mamood is better than maurice iwu 1million times...never again wey dat tribe go b inec chairman

How can amass such great level of hatred in a lifetime?

The hate in you should be shared equally among a complete region.

Its almost immeasurable like the Ten Tails Chakara

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by osamz007: 9:18am On Nov 19
NA JONATHAN CAUSE US ALL THIS PROBLEM HOW INEC CHAIRMAN GO GET 3 BILLION NAIRA

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by babatee90(m): 9:18am On Nov 19
Nothing new for naija again

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by gift2xl: 9:19am On Nov 19
I said it from the beginning, there has not been anything like free and fair election.

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Re: How Mahmood Yakubu Paid N3bn To Secure Reappointment - Sahara Reporters by Onlinealaba(m): 9:19am On Nov 19
It has become a norm in every sector, getting a FG job now requires you knowing one oga at the top couple with a fat purse , btw Inec light to be an independent body angry . just incase you need a Smart Tv and home electronics you got the perfect plug here

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