INEC Swears In Nine New RECs | SEE NAMES + STATES
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Tuesday swore in nine additional Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECS.
Recall that the Senate had on November 1, 2023, approved the appointment of seven of the nominees of President Bola Tinubu as RECs of the Commission.
The appointment followed Tinubu’s request for confirmation of the nomination of the RECs for INEC in accordance with the provisions of Section 154(1) of the Constitution.
At the swearing-in ceremony held at the INEC Headquarters in Abuja, Yakubu told the nine new RECs that the conduct of elections was not only a huge responsibility but also a sacred duty urging them to be guided by the electoral legal framework, the code of conduct for RECs and good conscience.
The nine new RECs will be deployed within their geo-political zones but none will serve in his/her State of origin.
The RECs are deployed as follows:
i. Abubakar Dambo Sarkin Pawa
– Kebbi state
ii. Abubakar Ma’aji Ahmed-
iii. Dr. Anugbum Onuoha-
iv. Ehimeakhe Shaka Isah-
Akwa Ibom state
v. Mal. Aminu Idris
– Kaduna state
vi. Mohammed Sadiq Abubakar
– Kwara state
vii. Mrs Oluwatoyin O. Babalola –
viii. Olubunmi O. Omoseyindemi
– Ekiti state
ix. Shehu L. Wahab
Speaking in behalf of other RECs, Mrs Oluwatoyin O. Babalola (Ondo), said;
“We have just subscribed to the oath of allegiance and oath of office, Sir we pledge to be loyal to this oath and commit ourselves to high ethical and professional standards, discipline, and hard work for the achievement of the vision and mission of the Commission. We will be firm, fair, impartial and non partisan to all political actors and act respectfully and decorously towards all electoral stakeholders.
We are conscious of the enormous responsibilities of a Resident Electoral Commissioner in the electoral process in a diverse and complex country like ours where elections are only fair when candidates win and their mandate stolen when they lose. Therefore as we proceed to our various states of assignment we will surely make use of the valuable advice given to us by the Hon. Chairman in his remarks.
We all look forward to a harmonious working relationship with the Hon. Chairman, National other Resident Electoral Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission and all staff of the Commission.”