Politics Nigerian Senate Begins Screening of 27 Electoral Nominees


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Nigerian Senate on Tuesday began the screening of 27 Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation.

Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, presented the president’s request for approval of the nominees at plenary in Abuja.

After the motion, the senate directed its Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to screen the nominees and report back in two weeks.

The nominees are Prof Godswill Obioma, Abia; Ibrahim Abdullahi, Adamawa; Alhaji Ahmad Makama, Bauchi; James Apam, Benue; Mr Mike Igini, Delta; Dr Nwachukwu Orji, Ebonyi; Dr Iloh Chuks, Enugu and Hussaini Pai, Federal Capital Territory.

Other are Sadiq Musa, Kaduna; Jibrin Zarewa, Kano; Mrs Asmau Maikudi, Katsina; Dr Mahmuda Isah, Kebbi; Prof Samuel Egwu, Kogi; Dr Rufus Akeju, Lagos; Prof Mustapha Zubairu, Niger; Agboke Olaleke, Ogun and Sam Olumekun, Ondo.

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The list also contained names of AbdulGaniyu Raji, Oyo; Prof Riskuwa Shehu, Sokoto; Mr Kasim Geidam, Yobe; Ahmad Mahmud, Zamfara; Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, Plateau and Umar Ibrahim, Taraba.

Mr Emeka Joseph, Imo; Obo Effanga, Cross River; Prof Francis Ezeonu, Anambra and Dr. Briyai Frankland, Bayelsa, were also nominated.

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, directed that Sen. Suleiman Nazif (APC-Bauchi) should head the committee in the absence of its chairman, Sen Ali Ndume, currently ona six-week suspension.

“In the absence of the chairman, Sen Ali Ndume, Sen Nazif will head the committee and the report should be brought back to the Senate in two weeks,’’ Saraki said.

The committee is to report back to the Senate in two weeks.
 
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