The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says that President Buhari-led government did not breach constitution in the nomination of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu for the second term as commission’s boss.
INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja
He added that the reapportionment satisfied all constitutional requirements.
Okoye, said that it was within the constitutional power of President Muhammadu Buhari to nominate Yakubu for confirmation through Senate.
Okoye said Yakubu deserved second term because of his brilliance, courage and dynamsm.
“Yakubu has instilled courage, dynamism, and professionalism in the running of the commission.
“He is a believer in constitutionalism and owes absolute fidelity to the rule of law and due process.
“The expectation is a speedy confirmation of his appointment.
“The Senate is made up representatives of the people of Nigeria and will give vent to the wishes of the people of Nigeria.
“We are confident that all constitutional and statutory requirements have been met and will be met in the appointment and confirmation of the chairman,” he added.
Asked if the commission’s operations were being affected by the chairman’s absence, Okoye said that going by the foundation of team work built by Yakubu INEC operations were going on smoothly.
“The commission is made up of 12 national commissioners and the chairman making it 13.
“Presently, there are six national commissioners remaining and definitely the work is enormous but we have the capacity and the courage to cope with the challenges.
“Yakubu ran a collegiate commission and each national commissioner has at one time or the other acted in the absence of the chairman.
“We are, therefore, familiar with the office and its demands and we are determined to live up to expectation.”.