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Senate Confirms New INEC Chairman, National Commissioners

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Nigeria’s Senate has confirmed the appointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the national Chairman , Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The Senate also confirmed the appointment of National Commissioners ,namely: Amina Zakari (Jigawa), Dr Anthonia Okoosi(Kogi) Dr Mohammed Mustapha(Edo),Baba Arfo (Borno) and Soyebi Solomon(Ogun)

President Muhammadu Buhari nominated the new INEC chairman as well as commissioner last week .The nominees were approved by an emergency meeting of the Council of State meeting also last week, thus preparing the grounds for today’s screening and confirmation by the Senate.

Each of the Senators appeared before the senate and answered questions before they were eventually asked to take a bow and go.

Professor Yakubu, the new INEC chairman hailed the marvelous work done by former Chairman Professor Attahiru Jega.He also said he looks forward to ensuring seamless voting by Nigerian.

The new INEC chair admitted that there are challenges ahead for his team to tackle.He however assured Senators that he cannot be intimidated just as he said he driving by patriotism as a Nigerian.

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