Senate clears 8 RECs, rejects 4

by | July 20, 2017 1:45 pm

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of eight nominees as Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The upper legislative chamber also rejected one nominee and stepped down three others for further legislative consultation.

The eight cleared nominees include: Asmanu Sani Maikudi (Katsina State) new appointment; Sam Olumekun (Ondo) reappointment; Riskuwa Shehu (Sokoto) new appointment and Kassim Gana Geidam (Yobe) reappointment.

Others are: Jibrin Ibrahim Zarewa (Kano) reappointment; Abdulganiyu Olayinka Raji (Oyo) new appointment; Samuel Egwu (Kogi) new appointment and Mike Igini (Delta) reappointment.

The nominees stepped down are: Rufus Oloruntoyin Akeju (Lagos), Ahmad Bello Mahmud (Zamfara) and Mahmud Isah (Kebbi), even as the nominee from Niger State Mustapha Zubairu was rejected.

This followed the report of the Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission which initially cleared nine nominees including that of Lagos State.

However, Biodun Olujimi presented a court judgement against Akeju, arguing that the legislative body should not be seen to be flouting a valid court verdict.

After intense debate on the matter, the Senate resolved to step down the confirmation of the Lagos nominee for further legislative consultation.

Details later….