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Senate screens, confirms new INEC boss



The Senate on Thursday screened and confirmed the nomination of Mahmood Yakubu, a professor of history, as new chairman of the Independent National Electoral ‎Commission (INEC) who said he cannot be intimidated in the discharge of his duty.

And screened and confirmed were four INEC Commissioners namely Antonla Taiye Okoosi Simbine for North-central, Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo for North-east, Mohammed Mustafa Lecky for South-south, Amina Zakari for North East and Soyebi Adedeji Solomon for South-west.

Speaking during his screening, Yakubu said much had been achieved since the last general election, and promised to firm up the electoral process and not to be intimidated into doing what is not proper.

He said, “The success of any election depends on the ability of the commission to organise and arrange properly in advance. But in this country we have the culture of rush‎, as a result of this so many things that are supposed to be done much early are not done.
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“If six months is the time limit under the law at present, I definitely will look at the possibility of coming back to the national assembly for an appropriate amended of the electoral act to enable us to have longer period of time for preparation. There must be no room for experimentation. As far as I am concerned something happened to this country in 2015, and we should consolidate on that.

“I’m not coming in for experimentation. I am coming in for consolidation. We cannot experiment all the time because for the first time we have achieved tremendous democratic stability in this country. Democracy is not about here and now, it is about here and forever.”

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