INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu reappointed for Second Term
NEWSMAN, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term in office.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, noted that Yakubu’s reappointment was contained in a letter to president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan as the reappointment is subject to a Senate confirmation.
In the letter, President Buhari said the reappointment was 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, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term,” Buhari said.
Yakubu who was first appointed by President Buhari in October 2015 took over from Amina Bala-Zakari, then acting chairperson after the tenure of Prof Attahiru Jega who oversaw the 2011 and 2015 general elections.
Yakubu’s reappointment marks the first time in the history of Nigeria that incumbent chairman of the electoral body will be reappointed.
Born in Bauchi State, Yakubu completed his basic and secondary school education at Kobi Primary School and Government Teachers College, Toro, respectively.
He proceeded to the University of Sokoto (now Usmanu Danfodiyo University), where he became the first and only Nigerian from the North to obtain a first class degree certificate in history.
He studied international relations at Wolfson College, Cambridge, at postgraduate level, graduating with a masters degree in 1987. He later studied Nigerian history at the University of Oxford, graduating with a doctorate degree in 1991.
He conducted the 2019 general election, Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa elections. He also conducted the Edo and Ondo governorship elections which held amid the COVID-19 pandemic.