Senate Receives Jega’s Nomination

The nomination of former President of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Professor Attahiru Jega as chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been forwarded to the Senate.

Jega’s name was forwarded yesterday evening, moments after the endorsement by the Council of State meeting, to the Upper House along with the nominations of ten commissioners.

A Presidency source close to the development confirmed yesterday night that the executive communication, signed by President Goodluck Jonathan, “has been delivered and received by the Office of the Senate President.”
When Jega and the ten commissioner nominees are screened and confirmed by the Senate, they would make up a full complement of 13 members of INEC leadership guard.

Only two commissioners-Mr. Solomon Soyebi (who is the Acting Chair) and Mr. Phillip Umeadi (Jnr)-are currently holding forte at the Commission.

The Senate, which is on a two-week end-of-session break beginning from June 3, may cut short its recess if it becomes necessary, to screen and confirm the nominations of Jega and others.
If cutting short its recess does not become compelling, the Upper House will have to wait till June 22 when it resumes formally from its break, to consider the nominations.

The executive communication will be read by the Senate President, David Mark, on the floor under announcement and a decision may be taken, given the importance attached to the INEC appointments, to screen and confirm Jega and others in the Committee of the Whole House instead of referring them to the standing Committee on INEC headed by Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

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