JUST IN: Senate confirms Mahmood Yakubu as INEC chairman


By Mukwuzi Joseph

The Senate today confirmed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, for a second term.

The confirmation is for a second and final term.

Although the president’s letter was read at the Senate last week, he had, on October 27, announced his decision to reappoint the INEC boss.

Mr Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015 taking over from Attahiru Jega, who supervised the 2015 general election.

His confirmation was sequel to the presentation of the report of the Senate committee on INEC.

Kabiru Gaya, chairman of the committee, said Mr Mahmood was found suitable for the position, with no petition or incriminatory report against him.

“The nominee displayed (a) high level of intelligence. He is not affiliated to any political party and has never participated in any political campaign.

“The nominee also meets all the requirements for this position,” he told the Senate as he urged the lawmakers to confirm Mr Yakubu.

Some senators took turns to praise the president for reappointing the INEC boss and commended the nominee for a job well done in previous elections.

Mr Yakubu is expected to resume immediately.

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