Activist Joe Okei-Odumakin Gives Birth To Twins, Six Months After Husband’s Death

A file photo of Joe Okei-Odumakin and her husband Yinka Odumakin

 

Human rights activist, Joe Okei-Odumakin, has given birth to a set of twins, six months after the death of her husband, Yinka Odumakin, former national publicity secretary of Afenifere.

Okei-Odumakin announced this on Sunday in a statement posted on her social media handles.

She had the twins – a boy and a girl – on Wednesday last week at a hospital in the United States.

According to the 55-year-old, her late husband had expressed a strong desire to have another child, 18 years after their second child was born.

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“The ‘miracle’ birth fulfilled the wishes of the late Odumakin towards the end of his sojourn on earth to have another baby to be named after him,” the statement said.

“The couple got married in 1997, had their first baby girl in 2000 and the second, a boy, in 2003.

“While the girl was named after Joe, the boy was named Abraham after the late Afenifere leader, Pa Abraham Adesanya. The twins are coming 18 years after the last childbirth.”

Joe Okei-Odumakin, according to the statement, became pregnant just before her husband fell ill and was hospitalised.

Sadly, Yinka never got to hear the news of his wishes coming to pass.

“After he survived a three-day coma in 2020, and a few months before he succumbed to the illness that eventually but unexpectedly claimed his life, YO, as he is fondly called, developed a strong desire for him and his wife to have another baby.

“Thank God Joe did not dither or procrastinate as she took in just about the time YO took ill and never recovered.

“He had, however, prophetically left words concerning what the baby or babies should be called if his wishes materialised,” the statement added.

Yinka Odumakin died of COVID-19 complications on April 2 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

Read the statement below:

Politicians, Activists Pay Tributes As Odumakin Begins Final Journey Home

Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin speaks at the Service of Songs held in honour of late Afenifere spokesman, Mr Yinka Odumakin, at the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos State on April 22, 2021.

 

A former spokesperson for the socio-political group Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin, began his final journey home on Thursday as his body was laid in state at the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos State.

Scores of prominent Nigerians and human rights activists joined the wife of the late politician, Joe Okei-Odumakin, as well as family and friends to pay tributes to him.

Ahead of his burial scheduled to hold on Friday, Mrs Joe took to Twitter to pay tribute to her late husband whom she said would be buried in her heart.

Among those who attended the Service of Songs held in honour of Odumakin included Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and former Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

Others were a factional leader of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo, federal lawmakers – Wale Raji and James Faleke, as well as former governorship candidate Jimi Agbaje.

Mr Odumakin died on April 2 at the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) where he was being managed for respiratory issues due to complications from COVID-19.

He was said to have recovered from the disease about a week before he later died.

The late activist has been described by many as bold, audacious, frank, and a truth-teller who spoke fearlessly for the values he believed in.

He was a member of the 2014 National Conference and pushed for the restructuring of Nigeria – an agenda he fought fiercely until he breathed his last.

Some of the high points of the event are captured in the pictures below:

I Thought It Was ‘April Fool’ Prank, Ozekhome Reacts To Odumakin’s Death

Mike Ozekhome

 

Human rights activist and popular constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome has described the death of Afenifere spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, as devastating and untimely.

In a release on Sunday, Ozekhome, said when he read the news on social media; he thought it was an April Fool prank.

“I am devastated by Yinka’s untimely death. Yinka spoke to me only last month. About the struggle, the need not to tire or give up. The need to fight on like Trojans.

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“When I saw a posting concerning Comrade Yinka Odumakin’s death, I thought the poster was still carrying out the pranks of “April Fool’s Day”. So, I told him to back off as April Fool’s day normally stops at 12 midnight on 1st April of every year,” Ozekhome said.

He further described the deceased as a fearless and courageous wordsmith adding that he was a genuine comrade and unflagging struggler, who, in his lifetime, inspired a whole new generation of rights crusaders.

Odumakin died on Saturday at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where he has been on admission for a week.

His wife, fellow activist,  Joe Okei-Odumakin told journalists that he just survived from COVID-19 and had tested negative to the virus, before developing respiratory complications which eventually led to his death this morning.

She was quoted to have said, “A part of me is gone. A part of me is gone. He fought hard at the intensive care unit. Pray for me to survive this. My love is gone.”

 

See his full statement below…

 

YINKA ODUMAKIN- THE IRREPRESSIBLE WARRIOR GOES HOME

When I saw a posting concerning Comrade Yinka Odumakin’s death, I thought the poster was still carrying out the pranks of “April Fool’s Day”. So, I told him to back off as April Fool’s day normally stops at 12 midnight on 1st April of every year.

Out of sheer curiosity, and to fulfill all righteousness I, however, I called one of our soulmates in the human rights and pro-democracy world, Dr Joe Okei Odumakin, who has been a life-long Yinka’s wife and heartthrob. I wanted to hear her deny the story and say it was false and fake. I yearned for her to burst out laughing with her accustomed baritone guffaw, saying Yinka was alive, hale and hearty. I just desired her to say it was a mere rumour, a “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.

But, alas! She confirmed Yinka’s passage, giving me eerie graphic details. I have not found my clarity of thought since then. I am devastated by Yinka’s untimely death. Yinka spoke to me only last month. Yes, you guessed right! About the struggle, of course. The need not to tire or give up. The need to fight on like Trojans. We spoke about the pending South-West, Middle Belt, and South-East case, which was instituted against President Muhammadu Buhari and his government over the nepotic, cronystic, lopsided, sectional, and prebendalistic appointments he has so far made, to the consternation and marginalization of other sections of the country.

Chief E.K Clark, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Dr Nnia Nwodo, Dr Kpogun, et al, lead the plaintiffs in this regenerative and self-defining suit. I am one of the lead Counsel. We talked. We exchanged ideas on strategy. We discussed Nigeria. Yes, Nigeria’s challenges. State of nadir. Despondency. Anger. Hunger. Melancholy. Sorrow. Tears. Blood. Pains. Pangs. Nigeria’s pain. And, of course, a possible panacea. Solutions.

And this gadfly and searing pain in successive government’s flesh has gone? Just like that? This pear? This gem of a pan-Nigerian? This Yoruba Nationality Crusader for self-identity and self-determination? This shinny and incandescent example of a genuine Comrade and unflagging struggler, who, in his lifetime, inspired a whole new generation of rights crusaders? This bold, fearless, courageous wordsmith, whose pen was mightier than the sword? Good, God! Our loss is the heavens’ profit. Our pain is paradise’s gain. Odumakin championed the people’s cause.

He fought on behalf of the voiceless and the beleaguered. He was not materially rich. But, he was a trillionaire in integrity, honour, and dignity. His legacies are trailers-load. Yinka was not just an Activist per Excellence; he was an uncommon public Affairs analyst, social critic, politician, and political strategist, who shot from all cylinders on matters of National interest. He was fecund cerebral. He walked the talk. He fought wars and battles. He won most. Odumakin, with his accustomed “Awo Cap” ever perched on his head, spoke truth to authority. He challenged power and impunity. He left no stone unturned and no turn unstoned in his desire for a better Nigeria. A Nigeria imbued with mutual respect, Ethnic Nationalities’ self-determination; inter-religious harmony, egalitarianism and social justice. This gladiator may have lost this war of mortality to Covid-19 complications, at LASUTH, Lagos. But, he won the greater war of immortality. Because Yinka has conquered death. He scorned death; laughed at it derisively in the early hours of Holy Saturday when he transited. So, death, where is thy sting? Yinka was gentle as a person. As gentle as a lamb. But, he was a lion and tiger combined together, in wars against injustice, oppression, and repression. Mark Anthony (Julius Caesar Act 5, Scene 5, by William Shakespeare), summarizes my grief when he said: “his life was so gentle, and the elements mixed so well in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world, This was a man”. Yinka, rest in eternal peace in the Lord’s bossom. Don’t bother to kick and fight from the grave, as I know you would readily want to. Just rest, rest and rest in perfect peace, till we meet on resurrection day. Then, we will part no more. For those of us strugglers you left behind, including your irrepressible wife of an Activist and Comrade, Dr Joe Okei Odumakin, we would continue the battle. It is a case of no retreat, no surrender. Aluta continua, victoria acerta.  Goodbye, Yinka. Fare thee well, compatriot.

‘Odumakin Was A Person Of Conviction’: Buhari, Osinbajo Mourn Late Afenifere Spokesman

Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman for the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have mourned the demise of Afenifere Spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin.

In a series of tweets using @NGRPresident official handle, the Presidency said President Buhari condoled with the family, friends, and acquaintances of Yinka Odumakin, describing him as a man of conviction.

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“Odumakin was also spokesman to the then Gen Buhari in 2011 when he ran for President on the platform of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), now defunct.

“The President recalls Odumakin as dutiful, and a person of conviction, expressing sorrow at his demise, when he had a lot more to contribute to society and the nation at large.

“President Buhari prays God to grant repose to the soul of the departed activist, and comfort all those who mourn him,” the statement read in part.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in his reaction signed by his spokesperson Laolu Akande said he is shocked at the sad news of the death of  Odumakin.

He commiserated with his wife, family, and associates.

He prayed that the Lord will comfort the family, and bless his memory always.

Odumakin according to his wife, Joe Okei-Odumakin just survived from COVID-19 and had tested negative to the virus, before developing respiratory complications which eventually led to his death on Saturday morning.

Afenifere’s Spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, Is Dead

File photo of Yinka Odumakin during an interview on Channels Television.

 

Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, is dead.

Sources within the Afenifere and his close associates confirmed the news to Channels Television.

The deputy spokesman of the group, Gboyega Adejumo told Channels Television that the human rights activist died on Saturday at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where he has been on admission for a week.

According to another statement from his wife, fellow activist,  Joe Okei-Odumakin, he just survived from COVID-19 and had tested negative to the virus, before developing respiratory complications which eventually led to his death this morning.

She was quoted to have said, “A part of me is gone. A part of me is gone. He fought hard at the intensive care unit. Pray for me to survive this. My love is gone.”

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Odumakin was a renowned human rights activist who played a key role in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought the regime of General Sani Abacha after the annulment of June 12, 1993 election.

He was also one of the spokespersons of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF), the body representing ethnic nationalities in the South-West, South-South, South-East, and the Middle Belt.

Married to another activist, Dr Joe Odumakin, he is one of the strongest critics of the present Buhari-led administration.

He has strongly condemned the activities of some killers in Yorubaland.

In his recent interview on Channels Television, he said those who are afraid of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed Operation Amotekun are criminals.

He said the initiative is for the protection of the ordinary people within the Southwest.

 

– Tributes For A Vocal Social Critic –

Meanwhile, the news of Odumakin’s death has generated reactions with many of his close associates taking to social media to pay tributes.

Dele Momodu in his tweet expressed shock and prayed he rest in peace.

Others described him as a man who stood for what he believed and lived as a hero.

Odumakin Blames Lack Of Federalism For Youth Harassment By SARS

The spokesperson for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, speaks during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on November 5, 2020.

 

Mr Yinka Odumakin believes lack of federalism in the country is one of the major factors that triggered the recent protest by youths against harassment by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) – a unit of the police that has been disbanded.

The spokesperson for the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation – Afenifere, stated this on Thursday when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He said, “What SARS does is mostly profiling – you are wearing earrings, this is how you are cutting your hair, you are a yahoo boy; all those profiling are for youths from a particular section of the country and in that context, it is the lack of federalism.”

Although he noted that some youths were engaging in fraudulent activities, Odumakin insisted that there were several others who were successful entrepreneurs but were victims of SARS because of their appearance.

He explained that the #EndSARS protest enjoyed the participation of many young Nigerians in the South than those who took part in the North because they were the most victims.

In this photo taken on October 20, 2020, #EndSARS protesters defy the curfew in Lagos State and form a human shield against attack on the police around the Governor’s Office in Alausa. Photo: Dare Idowu.

 

The Afenifere spokesman also faulted the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for being quick to fine Channels Television and some media outfits for their coverage of the protest, whereas the government has yet to confirm if anyone was killed in the Lekking shooting on October 20.

“The whole #EndSARS thing, like we said, is a reflection of so many things. If northern youths are not participating in this #EndSARS protest, they are not mostly the victims of SARS.

“We saw the footage, even some of the television stations that have the audacity to use the footage have been fined, but nobody has declared that they killed people,” he said.

Returning To The Protectorates?

Odumakin also faulted the recent meeting by northern leaders on the recent events and accused the government at the centre of being biased.

According to him, it is clear that the nation lacks leadership that understands what the citizens want.

The Afenifere spokesman argued that the country would be returning to the era of the protectorates should the southern leaders hold a similar meeting, especially at a time when everyone must stay united.

He, therefore, proposed a national consultation that would involve all segments of the country to tackle the various challenges in the country.

Odumakin said, “We have said it for five years that this government is behaving as if they are on a conquest agenda.

“We have always believed that we should not take Nigeria back to the 1953 era … it is so clear that today, the government that we have does not pretend that it is a northern government.”

AMOTEKUN: Those Who Are Afraid Are Criminals – Odumakin

 

The spokesperson of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Yinka Odumakin, says those who are afraid of Operation Amotekun are criminals.

The social commentator while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily said the initiative is for the protection of the ordinary people within the Southwest.

“Those who are afraid are criminals troubling the Southwest,” Odumakin stated.

As far as Mr. Odunmakin is concerned, those who are not criminals should not be troubled by the establishment of Amotekun.

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Odumakin argued that security is not on the Executive List as some have said, stressing that what concerns the Executive is defense.

He said security is the responsibility of every Nigerian citizen.

According to Mr. Odumakin, there is no hidden agenda for setting up Amotekun.

The Afenifere spokesman said Operation Amotekun is to “secure lives and property, to aid the police where the police have failed, to fill in the gap”.

Since its launch earlier in January, the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Operation Amotekun has continued to generate controversy in various quarters.

Though some are of the opinion that the initiative is a welcomed one which shows that the yearnings of Nigerians have prevailed, there are others who are afraid that if allowed to operate, Amotekun could turn out to be a disaster for the country.

The Federal Government declared ‘Operation Amotekun’ an illegal outfit, further stirring debates, with Southern and Middle Belt Leaders condemning the decision of the Federal Government to declare Operation Amotekun illegal.

There are fears that Operation Amotekun might turn out to become a means by which the Nigerian Police Force is decentralised, but governors of the Southwest have assured that the initiative seeks solely to show zero tolerance to crime, complement the police and other paramilitary organizations in their fight against criminals and to erase all blackspots within the Southwest.

‘We Are Not Mad People’: Odumakin Defends Criticism Of Buhari’s Administration

Yinka Odumakin says he would be happy if the Muhammadu Buhari Administration gets things right.

 

Spokesperson of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Yinka Odumakin, says his criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is born out of the need to ensure that the government does the right things and lead the nation on the part of development.

He said this during an appearance on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics during which he was questioned about the security situation in the country, the detention of the convener of the #RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore, among other things.

According to him, if the government does the right thing such as when it gave national honours to the Chief MKO Abiola, other heroes of Democracy and declared June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day, then it would receive praise as it did then.

“When they do good things, we say it,” Odumakin said when asked whether he believes in the activities of the government.

“When this government decided to honour June 12, didn’t we commend it? We did. We are not mad people who will see (a) good thing and say it’s bad but we are also not sycophants who will see (a) bad thing and say it’s good.”

Odumakin is sceptical about the possibility that the Buhari administration would do more good things in its second term.

But he believes he has no other country than Nigeria and is keen to see things improve because “every day that we spend under bad conditions” helps no one and “every day that we spend under good conditions is a plus for all of us”.

Consequently, he added, “Even if you do not support the government, you will not say that the country should be destroyed. We will be happy if they (the government) get it right.”

According to him, getting it right involves “creating happiness all around”, ensuring economic growth, jobs and prosperity as well as security for Nigerians.

He, however, said the reality was that there were more wrongs than good, and faulted the approach to security challenges in the country including the decision to deploy soldiers to the highways in the South to tackle kidnapping and crime.

Citing the recent killing of some policemen by soldiers in Taraba State, he argued that there were more questions than answers.

He also faulted the detention of Sowore, insisting that the government were too hasty in clamping down on the protesters who he says were only expressing their unhappiness with the way things were in the country.

Odumakin said although the government had “promised to create three million jobs annually”, the reality is that the promised number of jobs is being lost annually.

Another issue the Afenifere spokesperson is unhappy about is the amount of time it has taken for the President to nominate ministers after his inauguration.

He said, “When they said they were waiting for the cabinet – five months after elections, two months after elections, we thought that ‘oh, maybe they are going to bring some experts from World Bank, some professors from Havard… We waited.”

In the end, he said the ministerial list was unimpressive.

No Group Should Be Shielded When It Commits A Crime, Says Odumakin

 

Spokesperson of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Yinka Odumakin, has called on the Federal Government to enforce law and order across the board and prosecute any group found guilty of committing a crime.

He was reacting on Channels TV Sunday Politics, to the recent killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti on Friday in Kajola near Ore, in Ondo State on her way from Akure.

“At this stage in Nigeria, we must enforce law and order across the board, we cannot continue to sheath any group from the law when it commits a crime.

“How long are we going to continue to use our blood to sustain the unity of this country?” he asked.

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Mr Odumakin restated the position of the group that Mrs Olakunrin was murdered deliberately.

“It is unfortunate that we have reached a point where human lives are no longer safe in our country. As to what we said about Mrs Funke Olakunrin, we stand by it that she was murdered and all eyewitness account so far, indicate to us that she was murdered by herdsmen.

“When you inspect the car in which Funke Olakunrin was killed, you will see that most of the bullets came from her side of the car, which suggested some targeting.”

He alleged that the police is not doing enough to arrest those behind the killing of Mrs Olakunrin.

“Up till this moment, the way Police are very courteous in anything that involves herdsmen, it has been so in this case. The car in which she was killed, 48 hours ago, is in the compound of Pa Fasoranti.

“We expected that if the police were interested in any investigation, that car will be with them, they will be doing forensics and all.

“In her car, she had money, phones, jewellery and they were all intact, the only person that was abducted from the scene was the driver of her backup car, which as we speak, is still with the abductors,” he revealed.

It’s Worrisome Buhari Hasn’t Announced Cabinet, Says Odumakin

The Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin.

 

The Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for the delay in constituting his cabinet describing the situation as worrisome.

During an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday,  Odumakin decried the absence of a cabinet, 21 days after Buhari’s inauguration for a second term in office.

“I think that what is going on, 21 days (after the inauguration) and no announcement made yet, is worrisome.

“It is worrisome because when you look at South Africa when President Cyril Ramaphosa came into power recently, it didn’t take him a week to have his cabinet in place,” he said.

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Odumakin, who is also Buhari’s former spokesman at the now-defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), also faulted the process the President used in retaining some appointees.

While noting that there are some portfolios don’t need National Assembly’s approval, he wondered why the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to President, Abba Kyari and presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu among others have retained their positions without being reappointed.

“If the appointment that does not require going to the Senate is not being made and old people continue to function in a way that is not so legal, it gives (cause for some worry). Even the President himself did not rely on the oath he took in 2015, he had to take a new oath.”

Security: Odumakin Rates Buhari’s Administration 3/10, Says ‘We Are Losing The Country’

Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman for the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere.

 

Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman for the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has rated the President Muhammadu Buhari administration 3 over 10 in addressing the nation’s security challenges.

Appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Odumakin decried the state of insecurity, stressing that the citizens may lose the country to bandits if efforts aren’t geared towards tackling the menace.

“I will rate them (the Buhari administration) three over 10 based on the state of insecurity, the whole country is ungovernable.

We must face the brick; we must have a country. We are losing the country at the moment,” he stated.

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Odumakin, a former spokesman to President Buhari, also noted that the fight against corruption hasn’t yielded the desired result.

While recalling the nation’s corruption index by the Transparency International (TI), Odumakin stated that Nigeria was ranked 136.

He, however, lamented that the nation is currently 144, thereby faulting the Federal Government’s claims on the graft war.

“On corruption, in 2014, we were 136 in TI rating. In 2018, we are 144, we have dropped points. So what corruption are we fighting?

“The President used to say that we must secure Nigeria and manage it. So we have to secure the country at the state we are now,” he said.

When asked if he is confident of the second term of the President that begins on May 29, Odumakin responded saying, “The last four years have been what they are, except there is an attempt to retool,” he said.

I Collected Amina Zakari’s CV From El-Rufai, Submitted To Presidency – Odumakin

A spokesman of the Afenifere group, Mr Yinka Odumakin, has said that he collected Amina Zakari’s CV from the Kaduna State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai and submitted it to the Presidency.

Mr Odumakin disclosed this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Odumakin’s assertion comes on the heels of a controversy that has stemmed from Zakari’s appointment as chair of the INEC Collation Centre Committee.

“I was the one who collected her CV from El-Rufai and gave to (late) Oronto Douglas (former Special Adviser to Goodluck Jonathan on Strategy and Research),” Odumakin claimed.

He explained that El-Rufai told him of Zakari, who had worked under him when he was a Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

He said, “I have read of accounts where it was stated that President Buhari nominated her. It was not the President. It was the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, who nominated her.

“When Jonathan came in 2010, his aide, the late Oronto Douglas, who was my brother and friend, approached the CSOs who were in the forefront of the fight to remove the cabal and he said his boss (Jonathan) had taken a decision to guarantee free and fair elections.

“He said he (Jonathan) does not want to know those who will be in INEC and therefore, he wants recommendations of credible Nigerians who could be in INEC. So, when Jonathan says he never knew Jega before his becoming INEC chairman, he was right.“So, they were headhunting for credible people and that is why you have people like Prof. Jega, Lai Olurode, and the rest of them coming as independent people nominated.

“But in the case of Amina Zakari, when that committee was working, we did not even know (anyone from) North-West and then Nasir El-Rufai also came to be part of the anti-Yar’adua movement and was part of the process and he said there was this woman that worked with him as health secretary when he was the FCT minister.

“He said she was very savvy and he spoke very well of her. He said she was abroad so it took about two or three days to get her CV which I collected from him and gave to Oronto Douglas. So, beyond seeing her name on paper, Jonathan did not know who she was.

The Afenifere spokesman insisted that Zakari is a relative of President Muhammadu Buhari, a claim which has been highly debated for some weeks now.

But Amina, has said that President Buhari is not my cousin or her uncle.

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Mr Odumakin, however, argued, that the honourable thing for Amina Zakari to do is to resign her position at INEC.

He also spoke about the role of observers in the forthcoming elections in Nigeria; he said that for transparency in the polls, observer groups must be granted access into the INEC situation room.

He said the electoral umpire cannot be speaking of a free and fair election if the observers are left out from the collation centre where a full overview of the elections can accurately be obtained.

The Afenifere spokesman said, “There is nothing to hide, observers should be able to observe every phase of the election, it is wrong that observers are brought in only on the Election Day”.

He said the role of observers is not to interfere in the affairs of INEC but to be able to make their comments regarding what they have seen play out in the course of the election.