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Gov Yari, Senate frustrate Buhari’s REC nominee for Zamfara

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By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- STRONG indication emerged Thursday that the alleged role of governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State must have prompted the Senate to reject the nomination of Ahmed Bello Mahmud as a Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) representing Zamfara state.

Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari

The rejection by the Senate was sequel to the adoption of a report by the Senate committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), headed by Senator Suleiman Nafiz.

In the report, Senator Nafiz told the Senate that there was a letter from the Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari against the nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the report and in line with the letter, a serving Senator from Zamfara State, Tijjani Kaura, also opposed the nomination?

Senator Kaura who spoke on the floor of the Senate opposed the nomination against the backdrop that the nominee Kaura was not from Zamfara State, claiming that he hailed from the neigbouring sate which is Sokoto State.

Senator Kabiru Marafa from Zamfara Central however, supported the confirmation of the nominee.

Former governor of the state and a serving senator, Ahmed Sani Yerima, was not on ground to break the deadlock.

When the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, put it to a voice vote, lawmakers voted against the confirmation. Mahmud was eventually disqualified.

The Senate, however approved the nomination of Rufus Akeju and Mahmud Isah representing Lagos and Kebbi states respectively.

It would be recalled that the Senate had on March 28, 2017, rejected the screening of twenty seven REC nominees to protest President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to sack acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, despite his rejection by legislators.

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