UNBELIEVABLE: 29 states have no Residence Electoral Commissioner

In what appears to be a recipe for a major electoral crisis, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has no Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, in 29 out of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. This is despite the fact that aside the chairman of the commission, INEC currently has six out of 12 national commissioners stipulated by the 1999 Constitution, in place. According to a Staff Nominal Roll obtained by Sunday Vanguard, the sordid state of affairs cuts across the six geo-political zones with the North West being the worst-hit. The zone which has seven states has no RECS. According to their states of origin, those whose tenures have expired are Ahmad Makama (Bauchi), Haliru Tambuwal (Sokoto), Abdullahi Umar Danyaya (Niger), Abubakar Wara (Kebbi), Mike Igini (Delta), Prof. Salina Omagha Oko (Ebonyi) and Hussaini Ahmed Mahuta (Katsina). Others are Dr A.L Ogunmola (Oyo), Ibrahim Zarewa (Kano), Prof. Tukur Za’ad (Adamawa), Dr Emmanuel Onucheyo (Kogi), Kassim Gana Gaidam (Yobe), Timothy Ibitoye (Osun), Dr Rufus Akeju (Lagos), Prof. C.E Onukaogu, Ibrahim Bagobiri Marafa (Zamfara), Sadiq Abubakar Musa (Kaduna), Engr. Edwin Nwatarali (Enugu) and Hussaini Halilu Pai (FCT). The list also includes Dr Kwanga Godwin (Benue), Akinyemi Orebiyi (Ogun), Istifanus Ishaku (Plateau), late Minkaila Abdullahi (Jigawa), Samuel Madaki (Taraba), Dr Lawrence Azubuike (Imo), Dr Ogbudu Gabriel (Cross River), Sylvester Okey Ezeani (Anambra), Sam Olumekun (Ondo) and Gesila Khan (Bayelsa). Those whose tenures would expire by February 2017 are Prof. Jacob Jatau (Nasarawa), Segun Agbaje (Ekiti), Barr. Austine Okojie (Edo), Baba Abba Yusuf (Borno) and Nasir Ayilara (Kwara). Also, Baritor Lenusikpugi (Rivers), Habu Zarma Hinna (Gombe) and Ikoiwak Abasi (Akwa Ibom) would exit by July next year. President Muhammadu Buhari is saddled with the responsibility of appointing the RECs.

 

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