January 31, 2023

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Senate quashes petitions, confirms 19 INEC RECs, NUPRC government commissioner 


The  Senate Wednesday confirmed the nomination of 19 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs)  for the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee ((INEC). 

It additionally confirmed the nomination of Muhammad Sabo Lamido as Govt Commissioner, Finance and Accounts for the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Company (NUPRA). 

The confirmations have been made sequel to the consideration of the experiences of its Committees on Electoral Issues, and that of Upstream Petroleum Sector respectively. 

The Resident Electoral Commissioners confirmed are: Ibrahim Abdullahi(from Adamawa); Obo Effanga(Cross River); Umar Ibrahim(Taraba); Agboke Olaleke(Ogun); Samuel Egwu(Kogi); Onyeka Ugochi(Imo); Muhammed Bashir(Sokoto); Ayobami Salami(Oyo) ; Zango Abdu(Katsina), Queen Elizabeth Agwu(Ebonyi) and Agunndu Tersoo(from Benue). 

Others are: Yomere Oritsemlebi, Delta; Yahaya Ibrahim Makarfi, Kaduna; Nura Ali, Kano; Agu Uchenna, Enugu; Ahmed Yushau Garki, FCT; Hudu Yunusa, Bauci; Uzochukwu Chijioke, Anambra and Mohammad Nura from Yobe. 

Presenting his report,  the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Electoral Issues, Senator Kabiru Gaya ( APC Kano South) ,  mentioned: , in  figuring out suitability of  the nominees for  positions which they have been nominated for,  they have been requested questions that bothered totally on partisanship, membership of political events, and the way they hoped to enhance the electoral course of if and when their nominations for appointments are confirmed.

The nominees he added, assured the committee of their non-partisanship, non-membership of any political get together, and promised to discharge their tasks diligently in accordance with the laid down legal guidelines. 

He mentioned the committee discovered no benefit within the petitions in opposition to 4 nominees that bordered on alleged membership of political events, partisanship, compromise and incompetence . 

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“The committee did due diligence on the petitions by listening to the defence of the nominees and carried  out detailed examination of the petitions to find out the validity or in any other case of the allegations in opposition to the 4 nominees”, he mentioned .