Buhari Finally, Senate screens President's REC nominees

The Senate had suspended treating the nominees' list sent by Buhari in protest against the retention of Ibrahim Magu.

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The Senate has finally begun the screening of the 27 persons nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as Resident Election Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

It was gathered that eight out of the nominees were screened on Wednesday, May 10.

The exercise will continue on Thursday, May 11.

On March 28, 2017, the Senate suspended treating the nominees' list sent by Buhari in protest against the retention of Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman of the EFCC despite his two-time rejection by the upper chamber.

The legislature, which called for the removal of Magu, gave the Presidency two weeks to do the needful.

The lawmakers, however, made a U-turn on May 2, as they decided to consider Buhari's request.

The appointment of some RECs are new while others are reappointments.

Those for new appointments are Prof. Godswill Obioma (Abia), Ibrahim Abdullahi (Adamawa), James Apam (Benue), Nwachukwu Orji (Ebonyi), Iloh Valentine (Enugu), Asmau Maikudi (Katsina), Mahmuda Isa (Kebbi), Prof. Samuel Egwu (Kogi), Prof. Mustapha Zubairu (Niger), Agboke Mutiu (Ogun), Abdul-Ganiyu Olayinka (Oyo) and Prof. Riskuwa Shehu (Sokoto).

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Others are Ahmad Mahmud (Zamfara), Nentewa Yilwatda (Plateau), Umar Ibrahim (Taraba), Emeka Ononamadu (Imo), Obo Effanga (Cross River), Prof. Francis Ezeonu (Anambra) and Briyia Frankland (Bayelsa).

Those for reappointment are Ahmad Makama (Bauchi), Mike Igini (Delta), Hussaini Pai (FCT), Sadiq Musa (Kaduna), Jibrin Zarewa (Kano), Rufus Akeju (Lagos), Sam Olumekun (Ondo) and Kasim Geidam (Yobe).