The five-year tenure of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Attahiru Jega, expires today, June 30th 2015.
Six National Electoral Commissioners will also be leaving office along with professor Jega, they are, Col. M.K. Hammanga (Rtd), Adamawa state, (North East); Dr Ishmael Jikiri Igbani, Rivers state, (South South); Prof. Lai Olurode, Osun state, (South West); Dame Gladys Nne Nwafor, Abia state, (South East); Mrs Thelma Amata Iremiren, Delta state, (South South); and Engr. Dr. Nuru A. Yakubu, OON, Yobe state, (North East). They were inaugurated by former President Goodluck E. Jonathan on 30th June 2010.
Four other National Commissioners will also leave the Commission in July and August this year. They are: Dr. Abdulkadir S. Oniyangi, OFR, Kwara state, (North Central), whose tenure will expire on 21st July 2015; Mrs Amina Bala Zakari, Jigawa state, (North West); whose tenure will also expire on 21st July 2015; Dr Chris O. Iyimoga, Nasarawa state, (North Central); whose tenure will expire on11th August 2015; and Amb. (Dr.) Mohammed Ahmad Wali, Sokoto state, (North West) whose tenure will also expire on 11th August 2015.
The tenure of 16 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) has also expired, following which they left the Commission last week.
Prof. Jega was appointed Chairman of INEC in June, 2010, by ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.
Prof. Jega’s appointment followed the exit of former Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Maurice Iwu, who vacated the post on 28 April, 2010.
Professor Jega would be leaving office at a time when you could say ovation is highest for him, a feat that had not been achieved by any of his predecessors.
He came to limelight as President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in the early 90s, when he led the academic union during the period of former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida. He was head of Political Science, Bayero University, Kano, before his appointment as Vice Chancellor of the university. His appointment as INEC boss came 4 months before the expiry of his term as VC.
Incidentally, Prof. Jega had served as member in the Uwais Electoral Reforms Committee established by late president, Umar Yar’Adua, to suggest reforms for the electoral body. INEC, at the end of the 2007 election, had become notorious for organizing doubtful elections.