President Jonathan has Wednesday 30 June inaugurated the newly reconstituted Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa. Swearing in Professor Attahiru Jega as chairman and other new commissioners in the presence of Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, Ministers and top government officials,
President Jonathan charged Nigerians to be vigilant and defend their votes and insist that every vote counts
The president observed that the success or failure of the reconstituted INEC rested with all Nigerians, noting that rules and regulations must be obeyed while electoral misconduct cannot be tolerated irrespective of status or party affiliation.
“Most Nigerians believe that our difficult electoral history is the reason for our underdevelopment and lack of confidence in those who govern. We must therefore begin to repudiate this arbitrariness, and there is no better time to start than now”, he said.
The new INEC Commissioners are: Nuhu Yakubu (Yobe), M.K. Hammanga (Gombe), Gladys Nwanfor (Abia), Ishmael Igbani (Rivers), Thelma Iremiren (Delta) and Lai Olorode (Osun).
The President also swore in some of his aides and two permanent secretaries.
They include Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Ima Niboro and Special Adviser on Power Prof. Barth Nnaji.
Others are Special Adviser (Special Duties) to Vice President Namadi Sambo, Isaiah Balat and Special Adviser (Political Affairs) Hussain Jallo.