President Buhari appoints Mahmood Yakubu as INEC Chairman



President Muhammadu Buhari has announced a professor of political history and international studies, Mahmood Yakubu, as new chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The appointment which is to be ratified by the senate was made on Wednesday by the president at  the council of state meeting in Abuja.

Yakubu, who is a former executive secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund is to take over from the acting chairman of the commission, Amina Zakari.

Following Yakubu’s appointment, Amina Zakari, is now the INEC Commissioner representing the North-West.

Briefing news men and women, Sokoko State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, said the appointment of the new INEC boss was in line with relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution and in consultation with the Council of State.
He said the Acting chairman of the Commission, Amina zakari, is now the INEC Commissioner representing the North-West.
The new positions and ratification by the council of state are as follows:

Professor Mahmood Yakubu (Bauchi) as chairman
The following were also appointed as INEC commissioners:
•Mrs Amina Zakari (Jigawa)–North-West
•Dr Antonla Taiye Okoosi (Kogi)–North-central
•Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo (Borno)–North-east
•Dr Mohammed Mustafa (Edo)–South-south
•Mr Soyebi Adedeji Solomon (Ogun)—South-west
Meanwhile, the Council of State resolved that Ambassador Lawrence Nwuruku who is currently representing the South-east should remain.