Senate Confirms Appointment Of 8 Resident Electoral Commissioners

The Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of eight out of the twelve Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) sent to it by the executive.

The confirmation is coming after the Senate resolved not to confirm any nominee from Acting President Yemi Osinbajo until all issues as regards confirmation of appointments are resolved.

The decision followed opposition to a letter from Osinbajo, urging the upper chamber to confirm the nomination of Lanre Gbajabiamila as Director-General of the National Lottery Commission (NLC).

Executive has earlier sent the names of 12 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to the senate for confirmation. Before the confirmation of the REC, a face- off ensued arising from a statement credited to the acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to the effect that senate has no legal right to reject nomination from the executive.

This led to Senate’s decision not to confirm any nominee from Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo until all issues as regards confirmation of appointments are resolved.

However, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki explained that the Senate would only limit confirmation to the agencies stated in the constitution of which the electoral body INEC, is included.

The Senate has also rejected the Resident Electoral Commissioner from Niger State and stepped down the confirmation of the nominees from Kebbi, Lagos and Zamfara States.

The Senate had earlier approved 15 out of the 27 nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This followed the presentation of the report by the Senate Committee on INEC by Senator Suleiman Nazif.

According to Senator Nazif, the RECs, whose appointments were approved, had been screened by the police, Code of Conduct Bureau and Department of State Services.

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