The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the second term of five years.

The confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC, led by Senator Kabiru Gaya, which submitted its report at plenary on Tuesday and recommended Yakubu for confirmation.

Gaya moved that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee. The motion was seconded by Senator Haliru Jika.

“I will like to begin by thanking Mr. President for this nomination. This is the first time the Chairman of INEC is re-nominated. Let me thank the Committee on INEC for bringing forth what most of us do not know,” the committee chairman said.

 “I stand to support this nomination not because of all that have been said about him but because of the way he has carried out the affairs of INEC.”

On his part, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said, “What is important for is to make sure that votes count and votes matter.”

Many other lawmakers joined in hailing the newly confirmed INEC chairman.

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