Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Senate clears Yakubu for second term as INEC chair


The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second term of five years in office.

This followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC, which was presented by its Chairman, Kabiru Gaya, at plenary in Abuja.

Gaya said there was no incriminating report against Yakubu and that he displayed a high level of intelligence during screening, besides possessing the requisite qualification.

He added that the nominee had not participated in any political rally and was not a member of any political party.

Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege said Yakubu possesses the comportment, temperament and intelligence expected of the office he is occupying.

“President Muhammadu Buhari should be commended because he saw what the majority of Nigerians saw in the way and manner Prof. Yakubu conducted the affairs of INEC in the last five years,” he said.

The Deputy Senate President noted that by recommending Yakubu for a second term, the committee recognised the limitations placed on INEC by the Electoral Act.

“By this, they have come up with creative ideas on how we can sanitise the system by recommending the nominee,” Omo-Agege said.

Senator Sandy Onor (Cross River South) described Yakubu as “an unbiased umpire,” adding: “He’s moving in the right direction.”

Senator James Manager (Delta South) supported the nomination and encouraged the INEC chief to protect his name and leave a better legacy than he had made.

Senator Gabriel Suswam (Benue North East) said Yakubu had brought credibility to the electoral process because “he is a man of integrity”.

The Upper Chamber also confirmed the nomination of Sanusi Garba as Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

It also confirmed Dr. Musiliu Olalekan Oseni and Aisha Mahmud as Vice Chairman and National Commissioner of the NERC.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Prof. Yakubu on his reappointment and urged him to remain unbiased.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the ruling party advised that it is better for the INEC chairman and “the election management body he leads is to strive further in being unbiased and apolitical”

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