Ahead of the 2023 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in six new national commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The swearing in ceremony took place at the presidential Villa, Abuja, before the commencement of the weekly federal executive council meeting.
The newly sworn in commissioners include Mohammed Haruna (Niger), Agbamuche Mbu (Delta), Okeagu Nnamdi (Abia), Abubakar Alkali (Adamawa), Rada Gumus (Bayelsa) and Sam Elumeku (Ogun).
Speaking to journalists after the swearing-in, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said Nigerians should expect the best from INEC now that it has a full complement of commissioners.
“Well, it’s a good day for the commission, with the swearing-in of the six national commissioners, we have the full complements of 12 national commissioners. It’s coming three days to by-elections in four states of the federation and as we plan for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections,” he said.
“As we continue to prepare for the 2023 general elections, we’ll go on firing on all cylinders now that we have the full complement of commissioners and Nigerians should expect the best out of the commission.”
At the inauguration of the commissioners were Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Ahmad Lawan, senate president, and Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives.
Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation; Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to the president, and some ministers also attended the inauguration of the INEC commissioners.