The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari and a Commissioner with the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs Amina Zakari are not blood relations as alleged by the Peoples Democratic Party.
It noted that the case of accusing her of “partiality and casting doubts about her integrity as an electoral commissioner” ahead of the February polls did not arise as she was not a relative of the President.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, on Friday, the Presidency also recalled that it was the same PDP government under former President Goodluck Jonathan that appointed Zakari to serve on the commission.
The Presidency stated further, “In their desperation, they forget that it was the PDP government that appointed her in the first place and they keep lying, as they have been caught doing on so many issues, by imputing a blood relationship between her and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“President Buhari and Commissioner Amina Zakari don’t share a family relationship. An inter-marriage occurred in their extended families; so the imputation of ——picked Mrs Zakari, judging her by her own merit and made her an electoral commissioner.
“She served so well with distinction as can be verified from the records that President Buhari approved the recommendation that she be reappointed, as he did other PDP nominees for second-term of four years.
“PDP, therefore, has no moral right to keep harassing this hardworking mother unless they have a hidden agenda.
“By this statement, the PDP is guilty of scoring an own goal and two, of harassing an innocent citizen on the basis of a lie, pure and simple.”