Senate Confirms Yakubu as INEC Chairman

Prof Yakubu Mahmoud INEC Chairman
Prof Yakubu Mahmoud, INEC Chairman

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission for another five years in office.

The confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC, led by Senator Kabiru Gaya, which submitted its report at plenary and recommended Yakubu for confirmation.

This comes five days after the Senate Committee on INEC has screened Yakubu following his nomination for appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The senators before the confirmation described Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as well experienced for the job.

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege said “I have worked with him and I am very happy that he is ready to carry out most of the report submitted by the INEC Committee. So I support this nomination.”

“I think that usually the Heads of INEC usually come into Senate and we act in Committee of the Whole in plenary. Certain positions like the INEC position means that if after the term of office there are new experience that he has gathered that we all need to ventilate.

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“What is important for is to make sure that votes count and votes matter,” Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said.

“Professor Mahmood Yakubu distinguished himself. Experience is key in accessing the performance of a public servant. The reports here have shown that in the last year, Professor Mahmood is well experienced and has done well.

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“Let us give him the opportunity to do more and to bring in new ideas that we need especially in this time of our political system,” Senator Emmanuel Bwacha added.

It will be recalled that Professor Mahmood Yakubu on Monday November 9th named AVM Ahmed Mu’azu (rtd) acting chairman for the Commission pending the confirmation of his nomination by the senate.

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