Nigerian Senate confirms Yakubu head of national electoral body
Nigerian Senate on Tuesday confirmed the reappointment of Mahmood Yakubu, as Chairman of the country’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the second term of five years.
The nation’s upper legislative chamber confirmed Yakubu reappointment after considering the letter of President Moahammdu Buhari conveying the name of the INEC chairman for confirmation for a second term in office.
The Senate had earlier forwarded the letter of the president to its committee on INEC, which screened the nominee.
On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on INEC, led by Kabiru Gaya presented its report and recommendation to the plenary, asking that Yakubu should be confirmed.
The senators at the plenary spoke in favour of the confirmation of Yakubu, noting that he is highly qualified for the job.
In October, Buhari had renominated Yakubu for appointment as Chairman of the INEC for a second term of five years in office.
In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said 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 (INEC) for a second and final term.”