Buhari nominates 27 INEC Electoral Commissioners (FULL LIST)

Nigerian Senate Chambers
Nigerian Senate Chamber used to illustrate the story.

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated 27 persons as Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Senate President Bukola Saraki on Thursday read a letter from the presidency requesting the confirmation of the 27 nominees in compliance with the provision of the section 14(3)(a) of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution.

The letter, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, was dated February 27 and signed by Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo at the time he was acting on President Muhammadu Buhari’s behalf.

But the letter was at the office of Mr. Saraki on Tuesday, February 21.

Since March 4, 33 states have been without RECs, who head the operations of the Independent National Electoral Commission at sub-national units, the commission confirmed.

Therefore, even when the 27 nominees are confirmed, six states will still not have RECs.

Below is the full list of 27 nominees and their states.

1. Godswill Obioma, Abia (new appointment);

2. Ibrahim Abdullahi, Adamawa (new appointment);

3. Ahmed Makama, Bauchi (reappointment);

4. James Apam, Benue (new appointment);

5. Mike Igini, Delta (reappointment);

6. Nwachukwu Orji, Ebonyi (new appointment);

7. Iloh Chuks, Enugu (new appointment);

8. Hussaini Pai, FCT (reappointment);

9. Sadiq Musa, Kaduna (reappointment);

10. Jibrin Zarewa, Kano (reappointment);

11. Asmau Maikudi, Katsina (new appointment);

12. Mahmuda Isah Kebbi (new appointment);

13. Samuel Egwu, Kogi (new appointment)

14. Rufus Akeju, Lagos (reappointment);

15. Mustapha Zubairu, Niger (new appointment);

16. Agboke Olaleke, Ogun (new appointment);

17. Sam Olumekun, Ondo (reappointment);

18. Abdulganiyu Raji, Oyo (new appointment);

19. Riskuwa Shehu, Sokoto (new appointment);

20. Kasim Geidam, Yobe (reappointment);

21. Bello Mahmud, Zamfara (new appointment);

22. Nentawe Yilwada, Plateau (new appointment);

23. Umar Ibrahim, Taraba (new appointment);

24. Emeka Joseph, Imo (new appointment);

25. Obo Effanga, Cross River (new appointment);

26. Francis Ezeonu, Anambra (new appointment); and

27. Briyai Frankland, Bayelsa (new appointment).


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  • Gerald Okoduwa

    Greatest news is the return of Mike Igini as REC. Let him continue with perfecting the card reader project he pioneered. Hoping these spoiler senators will not block him for his hardwork and integrity.

    • FrankNero

      He was an exemplary and outstanding INEC commissioner with obvious high level of integrity at the time there was so much to share

      • Yunus Ayemomoh

        I had wished d guy head INEC Headquarters as d Chairman. He never compromises.

    • MKO

      .Goodnews for Mike Ogini.He is the type we really need in INEC going forward.Kudos to PMB for having faith in him

    • brown charles

      I want him posted to Rivers state. Mike has a good and strong character

  • T-Rex

    Majority of the re-appointed commissioners are northerners while those from the south are freshers, something is fishy here.

    • MMO

      8 reappointments.5 from north and 3 from south.Do we have to politicize everything and anything.Gosh

    • Gabriel Iorsuwe

      Any community that have people like you will never know peace. You can still change!

      • T-Rex

        Does it look like I care about your rant? Better face the rampaging herdsmen decimating your Benue brothers and sisters.

    • un spkn

      u couldnt say majority r northerners as he picked one from each state. u had to squeeze out something with ur last breath

      • T-Rex

        Your opinion does not matter to me.

  • Alfsanni

    If these big robe wearing gentle men can one week end or every weekend wear some simple dasheekees, request for farm tractors, request soldiers, policemen to head to the farms and start producing food. They will quickly pass legistration to build food storage place, have enough to eat and even to export. Confiscated riches of the rich or legislation should pass any one having excessive money in their account be turned to providing food production and storage. Those with no money due to disability or any set back be provided food coupons and students provided financial to prevent young women prostituting and spreading aids. Then your time will be well spent in these house of assemblies. Otherwise you are making life difficult for your self and people you govern electing commissioners.