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President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded a list of 18 nominees for appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to the Senate for confirmation.
The request letter was read at the plenary by the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.
According to President Buhari, his request was in line with the provisions of Section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Buhari noted that the list is comprised of five nominees whose appointments are to be renewed while 14 are to be appointed for the first time.
Among the nominees are: Ibrahim Abdullahi (Adamawa – Renewal); Obo O. Effanga (Cross River – Renewal); Alhaji Umar Ibrahim (Taraba – Renewal); Dr. Agboke Mutiu Olaleke (Ogun – Renewal); and Prof. Samuel E. Egwu (Kogi – Renewal).
Others are: Onyeka Pauline Ugochi (Imo); Prof. Muhammad Lawal Bashir (Sokoto); Prof. Ayobami Salami (Oyo); Ambassador Zango Abdussamadu Abdu (Katsina); Mrs. Queen Elizabeth Agwu (Ebonyi); and Dr. Agundu Oliver Tersoo (Benue).
Making up the list are: Yomere Gabriel Oritsemlebi (Delta); Prof. Yahaya Makarfi Ibrahim (Kaduna); Dr. Nura Ali (Kano); Agu Sylvia Uchenna (Enugu); Ahmed Yushau Garki (FCT); Hudu Yunusa (Bauchi); Prof. Uzochukwu Ikemefuna Chijioke (Anambra); and Mohammed B. Nura (Yobe).
The President also asked the Senate to confirm Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN. Recall that Ariwoola was initially appointed in an acting capacity.