MON, 09 NOV, 2020-theGBJournal- ‘’It will be inappropriate for me to remain in office beyond today, 9th November 2020, without confirmation by the Senate and swearing to another oath of office as provided by law,’’ says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof Mahood Yakubu after he handed over the affairs of the Commission to AVM Ahmed Mu’azu (rtd) pending the confirmation of his reappointment by the Senate for another 5-year term.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently announced the renewal of his tenure as Chairman of the Commission, subject to confirmation by the Senate.
‘’Our work as election managers requires us to enforce the law, regulations and guidelines. In doing so, we must demonstrate strict respect for, and compliance with, the Constitution of Nigeria and subsidiary laws.’’
The INEC Chairman and five Commissioners were first sworn-in on 9th November 2015, followed by another six Commissioners on 7th December 2016 and an additional Commission on 21st July 2018.
‘’The Commission is a constitutional body whose members are appointed for five years which may be renewed for a second term and final term. This means that my tenure and that of the first set of five Commissioners ends today,’’ Prof Mahood said during the handing over ceremony held at the Commission’s Headquarters, Abuja.