- INEC chief, Yakubu, has handed over the mantle of leadership of the electoral commission
- The INEC head is stepping aside pending when the Senate confirms him for a second term
- Until then, Muazu Ahmed will be in charge of running things
Until he is confirmed by the Nigerian Senate, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), will not be in charge of the body.
He has stepped aside temporarily after handing over leadership of the commission to Air Vice Marshal Muazu Ahmed (rtd), an INEC national commissioner.
Yakubu has been reappointed by President Muhammadu for another tenure after the first one expired.
Legit.ng gathered that the handover took place on Monday, November 9, at an event held in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Ahmed will act in the capacity of chairman until Yakubu's second five-year term is confirmed.
Recall that President Buhari had reappointed Yakubu as chairman of INEC for another five-year term on Tuesday, October 27. It appears the president is pleased with how Yakubu has handled his responsibilities so far as he will be the first INEC chief to be serving twice.
His reappointment was contained in a letter to the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that 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 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.
In a related development, Yakubu said the body is putting every plan in place to use electronic voting in the forthcoming Anambra state election.
It was reported that the INEC boss revealed while speaking on Wednesday, November 4, that the Anambra governorship election would hold in 2021 with N1 billion budgeted for the poll.
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