President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday submitted to the Senate names of six nominees for the positions of national commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for screening and confirmation.
The President also sent five names of proposed commissioners for the National Population Commission (NPC).
In two separate letters to the Senate – read at plenary by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki – Buhari said his appointment of national commissioners for both INEC and NPC was in accordance with the provisions of Section 154(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The nominees for the positions of INEC national Commissioners are:
- Okechukwu Ibeanu, a professor of political science and former Dean, Social Sciences, at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from Anambra representing South East.
- May I. Agbamuche-Mbu, a 1984 University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) law graduate and member of Presidential Projects Assessment Commitee (2010-2011) from Delta State representing member South South.
- Ahmed Tijani Mu’azu, a retired Air Vice Marshall from Gombe State representing North East.
- Mohammed Haruna, a 65-year-old veteran journalist from Niger State representing North Central.
- Adekunle Ogunmola, fomer provost of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, and Lagos State REC from Oyo State representing South West.
- Abubakar Nahuche, an engineer with working experience at the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Telecommunication Ltd as CEO (2007-2008), from Zamfara State representing North West).
The nominees for NPC are:
- Benedict Ukpong, former deputy governorship of All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State.
- Gloria Izonfuo, a nurse and former head of civil service from Bayelsa State.
- Kupchi Iyanya, a lawyer from Benue State.
- Haliru Bala, a lecturer at the Kebbi State Polytechnic with Ph.D. from Obafemi Awolowo University, representing from Kebbi State.
- Eyitayo Oyetunji, Ph.D. holder from Oyo State.
Their nominations came barely two days after the Senate passed a resolution asking the president to fill the vacant positions at the commission.