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Published On: Wed, Nov 25th, 2020

INEC: Senate begins confirming Yakubu for 2nd term, as Buhari replaces Nahuche with Zuru

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

Senate has commenced the process of confirming Professor Mahmood Yakubu for a second and final term in office as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following the receipt and reading of the letter of the nomination sent by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Receiving and reading the nomination letter, like in all other similar presidential appointments, has always been the first step toward confirming such presidential requests.
The request was contained in a letter dated 21st October, 2020, and read on the floor by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.
The letter reads: “In accordance with the provision of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission for a second and final term.
“While hoping that the Senate will consider and confirm the reappointment of the nominee, please accept Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
Meanwhile, the President in a separate letter, requested the upper chamber to confirm Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru as National Commissioner representing the North West in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It reads: “Pursuant to paragraph 14 of Part I(F) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present to the Senate for confirmation, the appointment of Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru as National Commissioner, representing North West in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

“The Senate is invited to note that, this request is sequel to the resignation of Abubakar Ahmed Nahuche, National Commissioner representing North West, who served for four (4) years in the Commission,” Buhari added.

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