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Senate Confirms Prof. Yakubu as INEC Chair; I Can’t Be Intimidated, He Says

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The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The upper legislative chamber also on Thursday confirmed the appointment of five other national commissioners including the former acting Chairman of the commission, Hajiya Amina Zakari.

Meanwhile, Prof. Yakubu has said he cannot be intimidated because he has character and what it takes to be the commission’s chairman.

“Everything depends on the character of an individual. I can’t be intimidated. With what I have done in this country, I have demonstrated that I have principles and it is too late to change those principles. I have the character to do the right thing.”

He said he has received eight honourary and special recognitions. Five of them including the highest award came from the Southern part of this country, and three from the North.

Yakubu commended the former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has done, adding that he was coming to INEC to consolidate on what the former chairman had done and not to experiment new things.

“I’m coming for consolidation, not experimentation. Jega has done a marvellous job with the 2015 election,” he said.

Responding to a question from the Senators, he also said the country needs to develop institution so that they can work seamlessly. “I watched two elections in the UK and even in the US and I did not know who the chairman of the electoral body is”.

Answering another question on the seeming lopsidedness in the distribution of PVCs before the 2015 election, Yakubu said  he was not out to fight faults in what had been done but to concentrate on the job at hand.

He expressed support for e-voting and Diaspora voting, saying both were necessary and desirable.

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