The Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to clear Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the next Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The approval was announced soon after the Red Chamber had grilled the Professor of History for close to one hour on Thursday.
Subsequently the Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki asked the Upper Chamber to approve the six other nominations as National INEC Commissioners
The National Council of State had on October 21, approved the appointment of Yakubu as INEC chairman. The council also approved the appointments of five other commissioners. The five commissioners were: Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari (North West); Dr. Antonia Taiye Okoosi-Simbile (North Central); Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo (North East); Dr. Mohammed Mustapha Lecky (South-south) and Prince Adedeji Solomon Soyebi (South West).
Professor Yakubu takes over from another professor, Attahiru Jega, who conducted the last national elections on March 28 and April 11.