Yakubu gets Senate’s nod for another tenure

Professor Mahmood Yakubu

By Henry Umoru & Omeiza Ajayi

THE Senate,  yesterday confirmed the nomination of  Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for another five-year tenure.

Professor Yakubu’s confirmation was sequel to the presentation and consideration of the report of the Committee on INEC by the Chairman, Senator Kabiru Gaya, All Progressives Congress, APC, Kano South.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had on November 25 written the Senate to confirm Yakubu for reappointment.

The letter was read penultimate Tuesday on the floor of the Upper Chamber by the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan. The letter was thereafter referred to the Senator Gaya’s committee for scrutiny. The committee was asked to report back, yesterday.

Presenting the report yesterday, Senator Gaya, who noted that the committee while screening the nominee found him capable, said: “The committee found out that there was no petition against him, the nominee displayed high level of intelligence and he is a man of integrity.”

According to him, the confirmation of Yakubu’s nomination reappointment was sequel to Section 153(1F) of the Constitution.

In his contribution, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Omo Ovie-Agege, APC, Delta Central, said “this is the first time we are having an INEC chairman  renominat-ed for a second term.’’

Senator James Manager, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Delta South who described the nominee as a man who had displayed rare courage and impartiality in the conduct of elections during his first term, said: “I urge the nominee that he should be more cautious of the INEC staff. This is because the name he will make when renomina-ted is more important than his achievements in the past. He should do the job to leave a legacy that is more than what he had achieved.”

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