The appointment of Prof Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term has been confirmed by the Senate.
Yakubu’s confirmation by the house followed the consideration and adoption of the report of the committee on INEC on Tuesday.
Yakubu’s nomination for reappointment as INEC chairman by President Buhari was formally announced on the floor of the Senate, alongside a new national commissioner to represent North-West, Prof Abdullahi Zuru.
The nominations were subsequently referred to the Senate committee on INEC chaired by Sen Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South) for screening, which took place last week Thursday.
Subsequently, the committee’s screening report on Prof Yakubu was presented and considered in a committee of the whole.
In the recommendations of the committee read by Senator Gaya, Yakubu was cleared for confirmation by the Senate owing to his academic pedigree, competence and achievements in his first term in office.
Senators Sandy Onor, Sam Egwu, Enyinnaya Abaribe, James Manager, and Gabriel Suswam, who took time to speak on the report, spoke glowingly of Yakubu.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the chairman to continue the process of regular voter education and sensitization.
This, they said would check irregularities and ensure high turnout of voters in the election process.