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President Tinubu appoints nine new resident electoral commissioners for INEC

Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu has announced the appointment of nine new Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The new RECs will serve a five-year term each, subject to the Senate’s confirmation.

According to a statement issued by his special adviser on media and publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu made the appointments in the exercise of the powers vested on him by both the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2022.

The president, however, charged the newly appointed RECs to discharge their duties, observing the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.

The statement said: –

“By powers vested in him by Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999, Amended) and Section 6 of the Electoral Act (2022), President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of nine (9) new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a term of five (5) years each, subject to the confirmation of the Nigerian Senate:

“Mr. Isah Shaka Ehimeakne — Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner; Mr. Bamidele Agbede — Ekiti State Resident Electoral Commissioner; Mr. Jani Adamu Bello — Gombe State Resident Electoral Commissioner; Dr. Taiye Ilayasu — Kwara State Resident Electoral Commissioner; Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi — Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner”, the statement said.

Other appointees are: –

“Alhaji Yahaya Bello — Nasarawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner; Prof. Mohammed Yalwa — Niger State Resident Electoral Commissioner; Dr. Anugbum Onuoha — Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner; Mr. Abubakar Fawa Dambo — Zamfara State Resident Electoral Commissioner.

“President Tinubu expects the new appointees to abide by the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct in the discharge of their duties, in accordance with his determination to facilitate the establishment of a new and sustainable standard of transparent, fair, and conflict-free electoral conduct in Nigeria.”

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