Reports have it that President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the new chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to Daily Trust, the president confirmed this appointment during the emergency Council of State meeting held today.
Briefing state house correspondents after the meeting, the Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal, informed that the new INEC boss’s appointment tallies with the relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution and in consultation with the Council of State.
Acting chairman of the electoral body, Amina Zakari, will now be the INEC Commissioner representing the North-West alongside four other commissioners.
Dr Anthonia Okoosi-Simbine (North Central); Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo (North-East); Dr Mohammed Mustafa Lecky (South-South) and Mr Soyebi Adedeji Solomon (South-West) are the other commissioners who were confirmed today.
Yakubu is a professor of political history and international studies, and was the executive secretary of the tertiary education trust fund.