President Buhari Swears in 6 New INEC Commissioners, Assigns Portfolios

President Buhari Swears in 6 New INEC Commissioners, Assigns Portfolios

  • As part of the efforts to ensure a credible poll come 2023, the president has appointed new INEC commissioners
  • The swearing-in ceremony was held at the presidential villa and the senate president, the House of Representatives speaker amongst others witness the event
  • Earlier, the Senate confirmed the nominees appointed by President Buhari as National Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC

On Wednesday, February 23, President Muhammadu Buhari, administered an oath of office to the six newly appointed national commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commissioners (INEC).

The swearing-in ceremony came after the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Vanguard reports.

President Buhari swears in 6 new INEC commissioners, assigns portfolios
The president and others during the FEC meeting today. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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The six INEC commissioners that took the of office are;

  1. Mallam Mohammed Haruna (Niger State)
  2. May Agbamuche-Mbu (Delta state)
  3. Ukaegbu Kenneth Nnamdi (Abia state)
  4. Major General A. B Alkali (retd) (Adamawa)
  5. Prof. Rhoda Gumus (Bayelsa state)
  6. Sam Olemekun (Ondo state).

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Those at the inauguration of the commissioners were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila amongst others, PM News added.

INEC Chairman

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu also witnessed the inauguration of the INEC commissioners.

Speaking to State House Correspondents, after the swearing-in, Yakubu said with the inauguration of the commissioners, Nigerians should expect the best out of the commission.

He said:

“As we continue to prepare for the 2023 general elections, we’ll go on firing on all cylinders now that we have the full complement of commissioners and Nigerians should expect the best out of the Commission.”

APC writes INEC over February 26 national convention date reported earlier that in spite of calls for the postponement of the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s planned February 26 national convention, the ruling party is determined to move ahead.

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The APC national caretaker body has written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to notify it of the upcoming exercise.

It was gathered that the “notice” from the Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker leadership is in line with the demand by the Electoral Act as INEC officials are expected to monitor the exercise.

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In other news, following his impressive track record and massive developmental strides in Akwa Ibom, the governor, Udom Emmanuel, has been hailed by the Senate leadership.

In his statement during a thanksgiving service on Sunday, January 30, after commissioning some project in the state, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, congratulated Governor Emmanuel for his efforts.

Lawan noted that the Senate is in need of leaders like the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor to push the country forward.


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