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Senate Makes U-Turn, Confirms Eight RECs, Rejects One

Senate made u-turn from its earlier threat, confirmed the appointment of 8 of the 12 remaining Resident Electoral Commissioners from Presidency.

The Senate, on Thursday, made u-turn from its earlier threat not to confirm the appointment of eight of the twelve remaining Resident Electoral Commissioners [RECs] forwarded by the Presidency.

The upper legislative chamber confirmed the appointment of the eight RECs after active deliberations.

Recall  that Senate issued the threat following to refusal of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to sack the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC].

Osinbajo had adamantly said that as long as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is concerned, Magu will remain the chairman of EFCC.

The Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] had on Wednesday presented its report on the 12 RECs nominees at the chamber.

During the presentation of the report on Thursday‎, Chairman of the Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif, explained that the panel rejected the nomination of Professor Mustapha Zubairu (Niger).

The Committee said the nominee comes from the same local government area with the Federal Commissioner of INEC for North-Central.

The panel also suspended confirmation of two other nominees, Mahmuda Isah (Kebbi) and Ahmad Bello Mahmud (Zamfara) for “further legislative considerations.”

The Resident Electoral Commissioners confirmed by Senate were:

1. Asmau Sani Maikudi (Katsina), 

2. Sam Olugbadebo Olumekun (Ondo), 

3. Mahmuda Isah (Kebbi), 

4. Riskuwa Shehu (Sokoto), 

5. Kasim Gana Geidam (Yobe), 

6. Jibrin Ibrahim Zarewa (Kano), 

7. Abdulganiyu Olayinka Raji (Oyo) and,

8. Samuel Egwu (Kogi).                        

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