- Mahmood Yakubu said he stepped aside as INEC boss because it will be "inappropriate" to stay in office
- The electoral umpire also disclosed that he is awaiting the confirmation of the Nigerian Senate to continue with his duties
- Yakubu was reappointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, making him the first INEC boss to serve two terms
Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has finally lifted the lids on why he handed over to Muazu Ahmed despite his reappointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking on Monday, November 9, at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, the electoral umpire said it "will be inappropriate" to continue without the confirmation of the Nigerian Senate.
Legit.ng recalls that Yakubu stepped aside temporarily after handing over leadership of the commission to Ahmed on Monday.
President Buhari had reappointed Yakubu as chairman of INEC for another five-year term on Tuesday, October 27.
Pleased with how he handled his responsibilities, Buhari's reappointment of Yakubu was contained in a letter to the Senate president Ahmed Lawan, making him the first INEC chief to serve twice.
Handling the INEC leadership baton to Ahmed, Yakubu emphasised that the constitution must be followed and obeyed, hence his temporary stepping aside.
He stated that subject to confirmation by the Senate, he will cease to be the chairman of Nigeria's electoral institution.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Goodluck Jonathan, former Nigerian president, suggested that electronic voting is the only solution to the often recurring electoral malpractice, thuggery and violence.
Speaking on Sunday, November 8, at the third synod of the Diocese of Ogbia at St Mark’s Anglican Church in Otakeme, Bayelsa state, Jonathan stressed that 50% of the problem facing Nigerian electoral institution will be solved by the adoption of e-voting.
The former president, who spoke alongside Governor Duoye Diri, said it is high time Nigeria moved forward, leaving an era where thuggery and cultism characterised the electoral process.
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