By Nudoiba Ojen
President Bola Tinubu has appointed nine Resident Electoral Commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The appointment, which is subject to confirmation of the Senate is for a term of five years each.
A statement from the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, listed the new RECs as Mr Isah Shaka Ehimeakne (Edo), Mr Bamidele Agbede (Ekiti), Mr Jani Adamu Bello Gombe), and Dr Taiye Ilayasu from Kwara State.
The remaining are Dr Bunmi Omoseyindemi (Lagos), Alhaji Yahaya Bello from Nasarawa State, Prof. Mohammed Yalwa (Niger, Dr Anugbum Onuoha (Rivers) and Mr Abubakar Fawa Dambo (Zamfara).
Ngelale stated that the appointments were by virtue of the powers vested in the President by Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999, Amended) and Section 6 of the Electoral Act (2022).
He said, “President Tinubu expects the new appointees to abide by the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct in the discharge of their duties, in accordance with his determination to facilitate the establishment of a new and sustainable standard of transparent, fair, and conflict-free electoral conduct in Nigeria”.