President Muhammadu Buhari has sent names of 27 nominees to the Senate to be approved as Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
However, out of the 27 nominees, eight were reappointed while 19 were new nominees.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had at plenary yesterday, confirmed reception of the letter and read it in the hearing of his colleagues on the floor of the Upper House.
The letter was dated February 27, 2017 and was actually written by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, while he was the Acting President in the absence of President Buhari during his medical leave in London.
The approval of these appointments would see the emergence of a properly constituted Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in readiness for the next General Elections slated for 2019 and other pending rerun elections.
Among the nominees are Prof Godswill Obioma (Abia ), Ibrahim Abdullahi (Adamawa), Alhaji Ahmed Makama (Bauchi ), James Iorliam Apam (Benue ), Barr. Mike Igini (Delta), Dr Nkwachukwu Orji (Ebonyi), Dr Illoh Joseph Valentine Chuks (Enugu), Hussaini Halilu Pal (FCT), Sadiq Abubakar Musa (Kaduna) Jibril Ibrahim Zarewa (Kano).
Others are Dr Mrs Asmau Sani Maikudi (Katsina), Dr Mahmuda Isa (Kebbi), Prof. Samuel Egwu (Kogi), Amb. Dr Rufus O Akeju (Lagos), Prof. Mustapha Zubairu, (Niger), Agboke Mutiu Olaleke (Ogun), Sam Olugbadebo Olumekum (Ondo), Abdulganiyu Olayinka Raji (Oyo), Prof. Riskuwa A. Shehu (Sokoto), Bar Kasim Gana Geidam (Yobe), Ahmed Bello Mahmud (Zamfara), Dr Nentawe Goshwe Yilwatda (Plateau) Umar Ibrahim (Taraba), Mr, Emeka Ononamadu Joseph (Imo), Obe O Effanga (Cross River), Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu (Anambra), and Dr Briyal O Frankland (Bayelsa).