In a Statement disclosed by the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari presented the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term of office.

In the statement, he said: “In a letter to President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, the president said in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), ‘I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term.”

Yakubu who was first appointed by Buhari in November 2015, will be the first chairman of the commission to be nominated twice.

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) in a statement issued by their spokesman, Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere congratulated Yakubu on his reappointment for a second term of office.

The statement reads: “We heartily congratulate him on his reappointment for a fresh term of five years. This is because we see this opportunity given to him as the only chance he would have to set our electoral processes on the right path.

“We, therefore, urge him to use this second term appointment which is novel in the political history of Nigeria to cleanse our electoral process and consolidate on the gains of Edo and Ondo elections.

“The shifted elections earlier scheduled for 31st October 2020 would be the first test of what this second term would be for Nigerians will expect nothing less than a very credible, free and fair 2023 general election from him.”