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Friday, January 4, 2019

Zakari: Things to know about INEC official named to announce 2019 presidential result

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday appointed Amina Zakeri as its head of Collation center.

By her new appointment, Zakari, who was once the Commission’s Director of Operations, will be responsible for announcing the result of the presidential election.


However, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, faulted the appointment of Zakari because she’s a niece of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Zakari: Things to know about INEC official named to announce 2019 presidential result

Here are 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 was replaced with Mahmood Yakubu.

She 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.

She 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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