President Muhammadu Buhari has re-appointed the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term in office. President Buhari, in a letter sent to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan on Tuesday, said his decision was in tandem with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). Yakubu's reappointment is, however, subject to a Senate confirmation. The spokesperson to Mr. President, Femi Adesina made the announcement public on Tuesday.
According to Mr. Adesina in a letter to the president of the senate Ahmad Lawan president Buhari said in accordance with the provision of section 154 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) "I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as chairman independence national electoral commission INEC for a second and final term.
Mr. Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015. He succeeded Attahiru Jega who supervised the 2015 general election
Mr. Yakubu supervised the 2019 general election and off-cycle elections in states such as Kogi, Edo, and Ondo. While many of the elections he supervised have been criticized by local and international observers for inadequacies, most observers commend the two most recent elections, the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.