Just In: Buhari Renews Mahmood Yakubu’s Job As INEC Boss, Seeks Senate’s Confirmation


By Gbenga Abulude (Politics and General Desk)

President Muhammadu Buhari has re-appointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five-year term.

The tenure of the INEC Chairman and five commissioners of (INEC) is designated to end on November 9, 2020.

With this re-appointment, subject to Senate’s confirmation, Mahmood’s tenure will expectedly end in 2025.

The INEC Chairman, going by his schedule of roles and responsibility, will be in responsible for the supervision of the 2023 general elections, including the presidential  and National Assembly polls.

Mahmood was first appointed to office by President Muhammadu Buhari on 21 October 2015, succeeding Amina Zakari, who served as acting chairman.

In his letter to the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, in line with the provisions of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As amended), President Buhari reportedly sought the nod of the Upper Legislative Chambers .

In the letter, the President  reportedly said: “I am pleased to present  confirmation the nomination of professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) for a second and final term.”

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