Senate confirms 15 Electoral Commissioners

By Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

Nigeria's Senate

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of 15 Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The confirmation follows the consideration of the report of the Senate’s committee on the INEC, which screened the appointees and recommended them for confirmation.

Among the 15 confirmed Commissioners, 12 are on new appointment while three are for reappointment. Those reappointed are; Hussaini Halilu Pai, representing the Federal Capital Territory, Ahmed Makama, representing Bauch State, and Sadiq Musa, representing Kaduna State.

The Commissioners on new appointment and representing different states of the Federation are, Umar Ibrahim (Taraba state), Emeka Ononamadu Joseph (Imo state), Obo Effanga (Cross River State), James Apam, (Benue state), Professor Godswill Obioma, (Abia) and Professor Francis Ezeonu (Anambra State).

Others are, Dr. Briyai Frankland (Bayelsa State), Ibrahim Abdullahi, mni (Adamawa state), Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda (Plateau State), Dr. Iloh Chuks, (Enugu State), Dr. Nwachukwu Orji (Ebonyi state), and Agboke Olaleke, (Ogun State).

In his message of congratulation to the RECs, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki urged them to justify their appointment by demonstrating their commitment towards the improvement of Nigeria’s electoral process.

Mercy Chukwudiebere