President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to serve in nine States.
The states are Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Rivers and Zamfara.
A statement issued on Wednesday by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said that the action is in line with the powers vested in the President by Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999, Amended) and Section 6 of the Electoral Act (2022).
The new RECs are Mr Isah Shaka Ehimeakne (Edo), Mr. Bamidele Agbede (Ekiti), Mr Jani Adamu Bello (Gombe), Dr Taiye Ilayasu (Kwara), Dr Bunmi Omoseyindemi (Lagos), Alhaji Yahaya Bello (Nasarawa), Prof. Mohammed Yalwa (Niger), Dr Anugbum Onuoha (Rivers), and Mr Abubakar Fawa Dambo (Zamfara).
They are to serve for a term of five years each, subject to the confirmation of the Senate.
The statement said that President Tinubu expects the new appointees to abide by the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct in the discharge of their duties, “in accordance with his determination to facilitate the establishment of a new and sustainable standard of transparent, fair, and conflict-free electoral conduct in Nigeria”.