Jega is new INEC Chairman
AFTER about six hours of deliberations on state matters, a well attended National Council of State (NCS), which had all former Nigeria leaders in attend, Tuesday ratified the appointment of the Vice Chancellor of the Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Attahiru Jega, as the new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Also ratified by the Council are the appointment of 10 National Electoral Commissioners and 17 State Electoral Commissioners.
The former fiery chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the outgoing vice chancellor of the BUK is to be presented to the national assembly for final confirmation any moment from now.
Former Military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari, who has hitherto avoided the NCS meeting throughout the reign of late President Umaru Yar’Adua, until Tuesday, has described President Jonathan’s choice of Professor Jega for the job of INEC chairman, as a good omen for Nigeria’s democracy.
The NCS meeting ended with a motion moved by General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) requesting the Council, which is the highest decision making body in Nigeria, to confer on President Jonathan the highest honour of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR); a motion that was adopted immediately by members. Full Details later…