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For being an APC member, Senate rejects Osun REC nominee

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The Nigerian Senate has refused to approve the nomination of Mr Raheem Muideen as the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun State.

The lawmakers rejected the nomination during its plenary on Wednesday.

Muideen had, when he appeared before the Senate on Tuesday told the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that he remained a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Recall that Muideen had also during screening by the Senate on November 5, 2019, confirmed being a member of the governing party.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya presenting the report of his committee on Wednesday told the Senate that Muideen’s nomination was not confirmed because he could not defend the allegations of bias levelled against him by a petitioner.

The deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo –Agege who presided at plenary, made efforts to save Muideen, but all his attempts amounted to an exercise in futility.

Omo-Agege had contended that since the petitioner failed to show up at the Senate panel to defend his petition, that Muideen should be confirmed.

But the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, pointed out that the committee had to stand down the confirmation of the Osun nominee because Muideen confirmed he was a card-carrying member of the APC.

According to him, the panel only deferred Muideen’s confirmation pending when he would clear himself of the allegation.

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After approving the recommendations of the INEC panel, the Senate confirmed the appointment of other nominees but rejected that of Muideen

Those whose nominations were confirmed included Umar Mukhtar Gajiram (Borno), Dr. Aiaiibo Sinikiem Johnson (Bayelsa).

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