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Nigerian Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman For Second Term

Mahmood Yakubu has been confirmed for a second and final term.

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the second term of five years.

Nigerian Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman For Second Term 1

Yakubu was confirmed for a second and final term on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

This comes five days after the Senate Committee on INEC screened Yakubu following his nomination for appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kabiru Gaya, chairman of the committee, said Mr Mahmood was found suitable for the position, with no petition or incriminatory report against him.

“The nominee displayed (a) high level of intelligence. He is not affiliated to any political party and has never participated in any political campaign.

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“The nominee also meets all the requirements for this position,” he told the Senate as he urged the lawmakers to confirm Mr Yakubu.

Some senators took turns to praise the president for reappointing the INEC boss and commended the nominee for a job well done in previous elections.

Yakubu, who was first appointed by Buhari in November 2015, has become the first chairman of the commission to be appointed twice. He is expected to resume immediately.

KanyiDaily recalls that President Buhari had revealed why he can’t remove Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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