INEC Reappointment: Yakubu Handovers To Acting Chairman Following Tenure Expiration

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be getting a new acting chairman who will oversee the affairs of the agency pending its Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu’s confirmation of his reappointment by the Senate.

According to Guardian, the ceremony will be taking place Monday at the conference hall of the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. Although the name of the person to take over from him has not been disclosed, Professor Yakubu is expected to handover to one of the national commissioners whose tenure has yet to expire.

The seven national commissioners whose tenure will not lapse before November 9 include Abubakar Nahuche, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Mu’azu (rtd), Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu and Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola. Others are Malam Mohammed Kudu Haruna, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, and Barrister Festus Okoye.

This follows the reappointment of Professor Yakubu, a professor of Political History and International Studies as INEC chairman for a second term of another five years in office by President Muhammadu Buhari. He assumed office on November 9, 2015, where he has been overseeing the activities of the electoral umpire.

In a statement date October 27, 2020, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed that his principal nominated Professor Yakubu reappointment in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

The President’s action, according to Adesina, is in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). But Professor Yakubu’s reappointment is subject to approval by members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Since the appointment of Professor Yakubu who took over from Professor Attahiru Jega, INEC has conducted many elections, including the 2019 polls which saw the President extending his stay in office for another four years, as well as some governorship elections in the country.

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