The Senate has dropped its hard-line stance on the clearance of 27 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
On March 28, 2017, the Upper House had suspended the screening and confirmation of the RECs because of the failure of the President to remove the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, after he was rejected twice by the Senate based on the negative report by the Department of State Services (DSS).
But at the plenary on Tuesday, the Senate rescinded its action and referred the RECs nominees to its Committee on INEC for screening and file its report in two weeks.
Also yesterday, the Senate President Bukola Saraki replaced Senator Ali Ndume with Senator Suleiman Nazif as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC.
Senator Nazif, before he was announced as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, has been the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity.
Saraki did not state whether he would head the two committees simultaneously, as he did not name another person for Nazif’s Labour Committee.