The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners.
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Yakubu, who decried the attacks, said “these attacks are no longer freak events but appear to be quite orchestrated and targeted at INEC.”
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the clarification while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Thursday.
Yakubu said this at the National Economic Council meeting, which was held at the Presidential villa, Abuja on February 18.
Presenting a paper, titled: “The State of Voter Access to Polling Units in Nigeria,” at the Consultative Meeting with Political Parties, held at the INEC headquarters, Abuja on February 5, Prof. Ibeanu said since polling units give meaning to the right to vote, this automatically connotes that a place to vote gives meaning to the right to vote.
Lagos PDP spokesman, Taofik Gani, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that INEC should rather direct its efforts at achieving robust electoral reform that would make people’s votes count.
Yakubu at the expiration of his first tenure on November 9 handed over the affairs of the commission to National Commissioner, Ahmed Mu’azu, while awaiting senate confirmation for second tenure.
The CSOs known as Raising New Voices and Centre for Liberty, stated this in a joint congratulatory letter to Yakubu on his confirmation for another term.
The PDP restated its counsel to Prof. Yakubu not to recourse to excuses but to use the more than two years ahead of the 2023 general election to rejig our electoral commission and work out legislations and operational rules that will guarantee a free, credible and all-inclusive electoral process.
Mahmud Magaji,SAN, who is leading the firm’s legal team, gave the hint in a protest letter directed at the management of an online medium, Saraha Reporters, said to have published the report.
Yakubu made the call in Abuja on Thursday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on INEC for screening.
Yakubu made the submission while appearing before the Senate Committee on INEC for confirmation on Thursday
The decisions were taken by the Senate on Wednesday.
Yakubu, at a brief handover ceremony at INEC headquarters in Abuja on Monday, said it would be inappropriate for him to remain in office beyond November 9, the last day of his tenure, without Senate confirmation of his second tenure.
Yakubu made this known in an interview with journalists on the sideline of the 2021 budget defence at the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters on Wednesday in Abuja.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this during an interaction with the media in Akure on Thursday.
Yakubu said this in Akure on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen.
Yakubu gave the appreciation while winding down the INEC Situation Room on the Edo State governorship election in Abuja on Sunday.
Yakubu gave the assurance when he visited the INEC office in Benin and other offices in some local government areas of the state on Saturday to assess the readiness of the commission for the poll.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, represented by Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, made the call on Friday at a virtual workshop on reversed “INEC Communication Policy”.