-ANIETIE UDOBIT, NASS-ABUJA
Senate on Wednesday confirmed nine nominees to serve as Resident Electoral Commissioners after a report was submitted by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Suleiman Nazif at the plenary.
The confirmation followed the successful screening of individual nominee at the Committee level.
Those confirmed are:
- Baba Abba Yusuf- Borno
- Mr. Segun Agbaje- Ekiti
- Elder Monday Udom Tom- Akwa Ibom
- Eric Olawale-. Osun
- Dr. Uthman Abdulrahman-. Kwara
- Dr. Cyril Omorogbe-. Edo
- Yahaya Bello- Nasarawa
- Dr. Emmanuel Alex Hart-. Rivers
- Mohammed Magaji Ibrahim-. Gombe
In his remarks, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki sustained the Committee reports, while thanking the Committee for the detailed screening of nominees.
Meanwhile, the joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on reordered elections was read with near uproar by Senators opposed to making presidential election last on the timetable.
As the report was being read by the INEC Committee Chairman, Senator Ovwie Omo-Agege through a point of order asked for rejection, saying, conference report was against traditions of the Senate.
But he was overruled by Senate President, who insisted that it was a normal tradition for conference reports to be read.
About 10 members of the Senate staged a walk-out in protest against the adoption of the report by the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on the Amendment to the Electoral Act.
The protesters say despite the adoption of the report by the Senate, they would insist on its reversal.
They alleged that the amendment was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Suleiman Nazif, had presented the report at the plenary on Wednesday.
After the presentation, President of the Senate put the adoption of the report to voice vote, saying there was no need for debate on it as it was from a conference committee which had harmonised the versions of the two chambers.
After the vote, the ‘ayes’ had it and Saraki ruled on it — a development that generated an uproar in the chamber.
Saraki also ruled against three senators who raised points of order to protest against the adoption.