The head of Nigeria’s election management agency has taken an oath of office to officially begin his second term. Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission Mahmood Yakubu took the oath on Wednesday after being nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve another five-year term after the expiration of his first term.
Mr Yakubu, a former university professor said that he intends to start work on the 2023 general elections and that the Commission would work with the National Assembly to ensure a speedy passage of the amendment to the nation’s Electoral Act.
Mr Yakubu said this in an interview with State House correspondents after he had taken the oath in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari just before the commencement of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mr Yakubu said that conduct of elections will continue to get better under his watch. “We have clearly demonstrated in recent elections that elections are getting better and they will continue to get better.
“The National Assembly is holding a public hearing on the amendment of the electoral legal framework. This is important and this time around, working with the National Assembly, we will ensure a speedy passage of the amendment bill and once it is assented to, it will help us enormously in confronting the challenges ahead.
“Preparations for 2023 general elections have proceeded in earnest. We need certainty and therefore the electoral legal framework is fundamental, without which we cannot formulate our regulations and guidelines.
“Without our regulations and guidelines, we cannot conclude work on the manual for the training of ad-hoc staff for the elections.
“So from here, I am going to proceed to the National Assembly, so work begins in earnest and we have already started.”
The oath-taking ceremony was witnessed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno and some ministers.