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By Henry Umoru, with agency reports

ABUJA—PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, has written to the Senate, requesting for the screening and confirmation of nine Resident Electoral Commissioners appointed for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The letter was read to the Senators, yesterday by Senate President Bukola Saraki, during plenary.

President Muhammadu Buhari 

President Buhari’s request  is in line with provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

The nominees are Elder Monday Udo Tom- Akwa Ibom; Eric Olawale -Osun; Segun Agbaje- Ekiti and Siro Omorogbe- Edo.

Others are Yahaya Bello- Nassarawa; Emmanuel Alex- Rivers; Mohammed Mogaji Ibrahim-Gombe; Baba Abba Yusuf- Borno and Lukman Abdulrahman Ajibade- Kwara.

The President accompanied the letter with the Curriculum Vitae of all those nominated for Senate consideration.

The Senate had on November 23 rejected Ahmed Bello Mahmud as nominee for the position of Resident Electoral Commissioner representing Zamfara State.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday swore in the remaining seven permanent Secretaries out of the 22 appointed earlier in the year.

The inauguration preceded the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting and had the cabinet members and serving permanent secretaries as well as some guests of the new officials in attendance.

The President did not deliver any inauguration address after the signing of the inauguration register as the FEC meeting progressed afterwards.

Those sworn in are: Mr Mustapha Suleiman (Kano); Mr Adekunle Adeyemi (Oyo); Mrs Comfort Ekaro (Rivers) Mr Adebayo Akpata (Ekiti).

Others are Dr Abdulkadir Muazu(Kaduna); Mr Marcelinus Osuji(Imo) and Mr Bitrus Nabasu (Plateau).

It will be recalled that 15 of the newly appointed permanent Secretaries had taken their oath of office in August.


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