Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, the newly-inaugurated chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed readiness to swing into action ahead of the upcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states respectively.


Speaking at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, yesterday, November 9, after he and five national commissioners were inaugurated, Yakubu said he is determined to deliver credible governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, Vanguard reports.

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Professor Mahmood Mahmud Yakubu

New INEC Boss, Professor Mahmood Mahmud Yakubu

Yakubu said: “I am not sure that it is really difficult, simply because the constitution is very clear.

“The roles and responsibilities of INEC are very clearly spelt out and the provisions of the electoral act are also very clear.

“Our responsibility is to ensure that in whatever we do, we are guided by the letter and spirit of the constitution. And these we are going to do with courage.

“Whatever we need to do, we will ensure that this is done courageously and according to the law.

“We will be courageous in what we do, and we will be courageous and just to all that we are supposed to serve.

 “We have come a long way. We have hard commendations both locally and internationally, in the conduct of the 2015 general elections.

“As I said at the Senate screening, our responsibility as a new commission is actually to consolidate and add value.

“Nations don’t make progress by always starting afresh; nations make progress because there is a building block on which we now build more.”

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Ag. Chairman Hajia Amina Bala Zakari handing over to Prof. Mahmood Yakubu following the swearing-in by @MBuhari

— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) November 9, 2015

At the inauguration ceremony of the new helmsmen of the commission, President Buhari tasked the new INEC boss and commissioners to make the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country their priority.

Buhari added that INEC can’t afford to fail Nigerians in future polls.

Yakubu was confirmed as the chairman of the commission by the Senate on Thursday, October 29.

Meanwhile, the president will also swear in the 36 ministers-designate and administer oaths of office on them, tomorrow, Novemver 11.

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