By Lazarus Zakaa,Abuja.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, on Monday confirmed the resignation of a National Commissioner, Abubakar Nahuche.
His resignation was announced a few minutes after the INEC chairman , Prof . Mahmood Yakubu , handed over to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Mu’azu ( retd ), to oversee the affairs of the commission.
Yakubu is standing down for Senate screening and possible confirmation for a second five -year term.
INEC National Commissioner and chairman ( Information and Voter Education Committee ) , Festus Okoye , confirmed Nahuche’s resignation in a short text message.
He said , “INEC National Commissioner and chairman, Estate, Works and Transport Committee, representing North West Engr. Abubakar Nahuche, resigned his appointment for personal reasons and the President has accepted his resignation and thanked him for his services to the nation”,
Five National Commissioners also retired from service during the brief handover ceremony held at the Conference Room at INEC Headquarters, Abuja.
The retirees are Hajiya Amina Zakari, Prof. Antonia Taiye Okoosi -Simbine, Alhaji Baba Arfo, Dr Mohammed Lecky and Prince Adedeji Solomon Soyebi.
A new Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Chukwuemeka Chukwu, representing Abia State, assumed office during the event.
Until his appointment, the REC now deployed to Ebonyi State , was a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
In an address to mark the end of his first term in office, Yakubu expressed gratitude to his colleagues for their support.
He said, “As you are already aware, the renewal of my tenure as Chairman of the commission has been announced, subject to confirmation by the Senate.
Our work as election managers requires us to enforce the law, regulations and guidelines.