- A major move ahead of the 2023 general elections has been made
- The head of Nigeria's electoral body, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, is set to stay in office for another five years
- A presidential letter dispatched to the Nigerian Senate indicates that Yakubu will continue as the chairman of INEC
President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five-year term.
A statement from presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina revealed the president's decision on Tuesday, October 27.
In a letter to the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, the president said the move is in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
Professor Yakubu was first appointed by President Buhari in November 2015.
Opposition parties in Nigeria are expected to come up with their stance on Yakubu's reappointment as the INEC chairman has been subjected to intense criticisms by opposition politicians in the past.
Yakubu's reappointment comes a few days after the president nominated his special assistant on social media, Lauretta Onochie, for screening and confirmation as a national commissioner of INEC, representing Delta state.
Legit.ng had reported that the Senate minority caucus immediately kicked against the nomination of Onochie.
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said the nomination of Onochie was contrary to the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
But, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) backed President Buhari's nomination of Onochie as an INEC top official.
The APC frowned at the criticisms over the president's action, saying it has been subject to rash, and selective criticism by the PDP and some interest groups.
The party urged the 9th Senate to the PDP and go-ahead to accept Ms Onochie's nomination, adding that the presidential aide's capacity and effectiveness as a public servant and senior social media professional are in the public domain.
The party went on to state that the current INEC chairman served as an Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund under a PDP government.
The APC also accused senior INEC officials; Festus Okoye and Mike Igini of being PDP apologists.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has sacked the chairman of the governing board of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Dr Tony Jaja.
Dr Jaja's sack was contained in a notice sent to journalists by the spokesperson for the Attorney-General of the Federation, Dr Umar Gwandu, on Monday, October 19.
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