SENATE CONFIRMS SEVEN NOMINEES AS INEC COMMISSIONERS.
The Nigerian Senate has confirmed seven nominees appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as National Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission )INEC.
The confirmation of the nominees on Wednesday followed the consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on INEC.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya, in his presentation, recalled that the confirmation request was made by President Muhammadu Buhari in compliance with the provision of Section 153(1)(f) of the Constitution, and pursuant to the provision of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
He disclosed that the Committee received a petition from the Taraba Elders Forum against the nomination of Maj. Gen. A. B. Alkali (Rtd.) over the seeming inconsistency in the rotation of the nomination.
He added that petitioners observed that it was the turn of Taraba State to produce the nominee against the backdrop of the principle of rotation.
Lawmakers, including the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege and Senator James Manager, spoke highly of the competence and credibility of the President’s nominees.
President of the Senate, in his remarks after the nominees were confirmed, congratulated them while noting that the 2023 General Election would be a baptism of fire” to test their efficiency.
He added that the National Assembly would support the electoral body to ensure the conduct of free and transparent elections in 2023.