Senate Confirms Yakubu for Reappointment as INEC Chairman

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Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
By Deji Elumoye
The Senate has confirmed the reappointment of Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu by President Muhammadu Buhari for a second and final five-year term as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Yakubu was first appointed as INEC boss on October 21, 2015 by President Buhari while he was nominated for reappointment after his first tenure lapsed in October this year.
His confirmation on Tuesday at Senate plenary followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC presented by its Chairman, Senator Kabiru Gaya.
Gaya said the nominee possessed the requisite qualifications for the INEC top job and therefore recommended his confirmation.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators, who spoke after the presentation of the report, backed Yakubu’s nomination, saying that he’s unbiased and apolitical.
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