Senators suspend screening of 27 REC nominees over Magu
The Senate has announced the suspension of the screening for confirmation the 27 Nigerians nominated as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Senators, while reviewing the report by the Senate Committee on INEC at the plenary on Tuesday, pointed out that the Legislature should not approve more nominations by the Executive.
This was due to the failure by the Presidency to remove the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, after his nomination had been rejected by the senate.
President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, who presided over the plenary, however, pleaded that the confirmation be suspended for two weeks, which was unanimously approved.
The nominees are Prof. Godswill Obioma (Abia), Ibrahim Abdullahi (Adamawa), James Apam (Benue), Nwachukwu Orji (Ebonyi), Iloh Valentine (Enugu), Asmau Maikudi (Katsina), Mahmuda Isa (Kebbi), Prof. Samuel Egwu (Kogi), Prof. Mustapha Zubairu (Niger), Agboke Mutiu (Ogun), Abdul-Ganiyu Olayinka (Oyo) and Prof. Riskuwa Shehu (Sokoto).
Others are Ahmad Mahmud (Zamfara), Nentewa Yilwatda (Plateau), Umar Ibrahim (Taraba), Emeka Ononamadu (Imo), Obo Effanga (Cross River), Prof. Francis Ezeonu (Anambra) and Briyia Frankland (Bayelsa).
They also include Ahmad Makama (Bauchi), Mike Igini (Delta), Hussaini Pai (FCT), Sadiq Musa (Kaduna), Jibrin Zarewa (Kano), Rufus Akeju (Lagos), Sam Olumekun (Ondo) and Kasim Geidam (Yobe).