The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Mahmood Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
His re-appointment comes after he was selected by President Muhammadu Buhari to chair the electoral body two months ago. Mahmood Yakubu, who oversaw the previous elections held Nationwide will become the first chairman of the electoral commission to be re-appointed in the Nation’s Democratic history.
Chairman of the committee on INEC, Ibrahim Gaya had presented a report for consideration to the Lawmaking House which was approved after brief deliberation by the Senate.
Gaya, who spoke during the presentation, stated that Mahmood Yakubu is fit and qualified to re-ocuppy the office for a second term.
“The nominee displayed high intelligence and he has the temerity to hold office of the chairman,” he said.
“The nominee is not affiliated to any political party and he has not attended an political rally or campaign.
“The nominee has met the requirements of section 451 and section 41 (i)(ii) of the third schedule part 1 f contained in the 1999 constitution of the republic of Nigeria as amended,” he stated.
Yakubu’s nomination was put to a voice vote by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and received unanimous backing after Senators aired their views and made a decision to support his re-appointment.
Yakubu who took over from former INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega in 2015 will spearhead the electoral processes in the coming 2023 elections.