Buhari Reappoints Prof. Yajubu as INEC Chairman


President Muhammadu Buhari has submitted the name of Professor Mahmood Yakubu to the Senate for confirmation to serve a second term as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

He explained that the President’s action was in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

The letter to this effect was read by the Senate President, Senator Ahmend Lawan.  The re-appointment is however subject to approval by the Senate.

“I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in the letter.

Prof. Yakubu was first appointed chairman of INEC in November 2015, six months after the President assumed office.

Professor Yakubu took over from Professor Attahiru Jega, and he has conducted many elections, including the 2019 polls which gave Mr. President second term return, amidst controversies.


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