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President Tinubu Should Review RECs Appointment – Former INEC Chairman Jega

A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has called on President Bola Tinubu to review the appointments of the commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

Jega said Tinubu should review their appointments due to concerns that some of the RECs are partisan.

About a month ago, Tinubu had nominated 10 RECs, with the Senate confirming their appointments.

However, some of the RECs have been accused of being involved in partisan politics.

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Reacting to the criticisms, Jega said the non-review of their appointment sends the wrong signal.

Featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, Jega said: “I think there is no doubt that if the President were listening, my advice would be to immediately review the appointment of the Resident Electoral Commissioners that was passed by the Senate recently.

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“It’s very, very important because clearly, not only does it send a wrong signal about the government’s intention to improve the integrity of elections, it also suggests, you know, that there is indifference with regards to protecting the independence and impartiality of the election management body.

“I would want to believe that Mr President was either misinformed or is not really furnished with all the necessary details with regards to these appointments.”

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The newly appointed RECs are Mr. Etekamba Umoren, Mr. Isah Shaka Ehimeakne, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Babalola, Mr. Abubakar Ahmed Ma’aji, Mr. Shehu Wahab, Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi, Mr. Aminu Kasimu Idris, Prof. Mohammed Yelwa, Dr. Anugbum Onuoha and Mr. Isma’ila Kaura Moyi.

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