Senate confirms President Buhari's 2 INEC appointees, stands down 1 nominee's confirmation

Senate confirms President Buhari's 2 INEC appointees, stands down 1 nominee's confirmation

- Two out of three RECs nominees appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari have been confirmed by members of the ninth Senate

- The confirmation of the RECs took place on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, December 4

- However, the confirmation of one of the appointees was stood down because he had earlier admitted that he is a card-carrying member of the APC

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, December 4, confirmed the appointment of some Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the Independent National Electoral Commission appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Senate at the plenary on Wednesday confirmed that it had received and considered the report of the committee on INEC on the confirmation of appointments of the RECs.

The move which was laid before the plenary by Senator Kabiru Gaya and seconded by Senator Alkali Saidu sought the confirmation of three RECs for INEC.

The RECs include: Umar Mukhtar Gajiram (Borno); Dr Aiaiibo Sinikiem Johnson (Bayelsa); and Raheem Muideen Olalekan (Osun)

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However, in his reaction, Senator Gaya called for a stand-down on the confirmation of Raheem Muideen Olalekan for further inputs.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said that during the interaction process, the nominee admitted that he is a card-carrying member of a political party.

Abaribe said that the Senate only stood the process down to allow the confirmation of other nominees.

Also speaking, the deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, said: “The petitioner did not come forward even when invited to come and prove what he has alleged and it will only be fair not to confirm the nominee from Osun state, Raheem Muideen Olalekan.”

Further in agreement, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, urged the committee on INEC to judiciously undertake legislative actions that will confirm other nominees that are asked to wait.

Lawan also said that INEC and the National Assembly will have to work together to ensure a continuous collaboration to refine Nigeria's electoral services.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Olalekan had during his screening process before the Senate admitted that he was a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Forthy-six-year-old Olalekan told the lawmakers that he had contested for local government chairmanship in 2013.

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