Buhari appoints Prof. Mahmood Yakubu new INEC boss


President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as the new Chairman for the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Prof. Yakubu, a Professor of Political History and International Studies, was a former Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund.

He was the Assistant Secretary in charge of Finance and Administration during the 2014 National Conference.

Yakubu’s appointment was approved by the Council of State, which met in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, disclosed the appointment of the new INEC chairman and other principal officers of the electoral body to newsmen after the Council of State meeting.

Tambuwal said the appointment of Yakubu was in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and done in consultation with the Council of State by Buhari.

He said Acting Chairman, Amina Zakari, now becomes the INEC Commissioner representing the North West.

Also appointed as INEC Commissioners include, Dr. Antonia Taiye Okoosi-Simbile as Commissioner North Central, Baba Shettima Arfo, from Borno as Commissioner representing North East, Dr, Mohammed Mustapha Lecky from Edo as Commissioner representing South South and Prince Soyebi Adedeji Solomon from Ogun representing South West.

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