- Emerging reports claim there would be a temporary change of leadership at INEC
- This new development is expected to last until federal lawmakers confirm the reappointment of INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu
- Yakubu’s tenure was recently extended by President Muhammadu Buhari
The head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, is expected to hand over to an acting chairman on Monday, November 9.
According to The Guardian, the INEC boss is reportedly stepping aside at the electoral commission pending when his recent reappointment by the president is confirmed by the Senate.
INEC in an invitation to journalists said the handing over ceremony will be held at the conference hall of the commission’s headquarters in Abuja at 2pm.
Yakubu is expected to handover to one of the seven national commissioners whose tenure will not lapse before November 9.
In another news, INEC has said that lawmakers in the national and state Houses of Assembly should be barred from defecting from one party to another while in office.
The Cable reported that the electoral body made the suggestion on Friday, November 6, in Abuja at the presentation of its report of the 2019 general election.
The commission said defectors should lose their seats except in the case of a merger of two or more parties.
Meanwhile, the electoral commission said that it cannot probe allegation of certificate forgery against Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The Action Democratic Party (APD) had claimed that Governor Obaseki forged his University of Ibadan certificate before he was declared the winner of the last gubernatorial poll in Edo and therefore, called on INEC to investigate the allegation, Vanguard reported.
In its reaction to ADP's demand, the electoral body said that it cannot delve into such issues because it has no court order to that effect and that this is beyond the limits of its official responsibilities.
INEC official at Abuja court | Legit TV