Senate okays Yakubu’s second term as INEC chairman

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The Nigerian Senate has endorsed the appointment of Mahmood Yakubu, as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second term.

The upper legislative chamber confirmed Mr Yakubu today during plenary. This comes less than a week after his reappointment was forwarded to the red chamber by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawmakers who spoke before his confirmation, described him as highly qualified for the job.

Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015, taking over from Attahiru Jega, who supervised the 2015 general election.

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