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Senate confirms Yakubu as INEC chairman for second term

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The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second term.

His confirmation followed the presentation of the screening report by Kabiru Gaya, chairman, Senate Committee on INEC.

Gaya said there was no incriminating report against Yakubu and that he displayed high level of intelligence during screening besides having requisite qualification.

He added that the nominee had not participated in any political rally and was not a member of any political party.

Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege said Yakubu has the comportment, temperament and intelligence expected of the office.

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Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River South) described Yakubu as “an unbiased umpire”, adding that “he’s moving in the right direction”.

James Manager (PDP, Delta South), who also supported the nomination, encouraged the INEC boss to protect his name and leave a legacy greater than the one he had made.

He also asked Yakubu to be wary of INEC staff that might be compromised because he had responsibility to do the job.

Gabriel Suswam (PDP, Benue North East) said Yakubu had brought credibility to the electoral process because “he is a man of integrity”.