- Nigeria's upper legislative chamber has received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari
- The Senate received the Nigerian leader's request to confirm Mahmood Yakubu for a second term as INEC chairman
- Recall that Yakubu was reappointed by Buhari back in October making him the first INEC chairman to serve two terms
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President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Nigerian Senate to seek confirmation of Professor Mahmood Yakubu, as the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The upper chamber on Tuesday, November 24, received a request from the president to confirm Yakubu, for a second and final term in office.
Legit.ng gathered that the request contained in a letter dated October 21, was read on the floor by the president of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan.
Meanwhile, the president in a separate letter, requested the upper legislative chamber to confirm Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru as the national commissioner representing the northwest in INEC.
Legit.ng recalls that until Yakubu is confirmed by the Nigerian Senate the professor will not be in charge of INEC.
He stepped aside temporarily after handing over leadership of the commission to Air Vice Marshal Muazu Ahmed (rtd), an INEC national commissioner.
Yakubu was reappointed by President Buhari for another tenure after the first one expired.
However, on Monday, November 9, at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, the electoral umpire revealed why he stepped aside.
According to him, it "will be inappropriate" to continue without the confirmation of the Nigerian Senate. emphasised that the constitution must be followed and obeyed, hence his temporary stepping aside.
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In a related development, INEC announced that all pending bye-elections across the country will be conducted on December 5.
The announcement was made by the commission on Friday, November 13, in a statement through its spokesperson, Festus Okoye.
The elections were supposed to have held on October 31 but were postponed due to protests in some parts of the country. INEC said it fixed the date for the polls after extensive consultations with political parties and civil society organisations.
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