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Buhari asks Senate to confirm Yakubu as INEC Chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate, to confirm the appointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Okay.ng understands that the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, read Buhari’s letter to the red chamber on the floor during plenary on Tuesday.

In the letter, the president urged the lawmakers’ expeditious consideration of his request for another five-year tenure for Yakubu.

The letter reads: “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 for a second and final term.

“While hoping that the Senate will consider and confirm the reappointment of the nominee, please accept Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

Meanwhile, the President in a separate letter, requested the upper chamber to confirm Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru as National Commissioner representing the North West in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It reads: “Pursuant to paragraph 14 of Part I(F) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present to the Senate for confirmation, the appointment of Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru as National Commissioner, representing North West in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

“The Senate is invited to note that, this request is sequel to the resignation of Abubakar Ahmed Nahuche, National Commissioner representing North West, who served for four (4) years in the Commission,” Buhari added.

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