REC’s lone fe­male nom­i­nee de­nied ap­point­ment let­ter

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Hamza Idris, Is­maila Mu­dashir and Ab­bas Ji­moh

One of the nominees cleared by the Se­nate as Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner (REC), Dr. Asma’u Sani Maikudi, has been de­nied her let­ter of ap­point­ment due to pres­sure from some vested in­ter­est at the Pres­i­dency, learnt yes­ter­day.

Daily Trust

The name of Dr. Asma’u, from Katsina State, who was nom­i­nated by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in March, along­side 26 oth­ers to fill the quota of 27 states, had re­port­edly passed all stages for the ap­point­ment, in­clud­ing clear­ance from the DSS, the Code of Con­duct Bureau and was there­after con­firmed by the Se­nate on June 20.

It was gath­ered that though Pres­i­dent Buhari pen­cilled her for the post based on merit, some forces in the Pres­i­dency were al­legedly not com­fort­able with her rep­re­sent­ing Katsina State.

The Se­nate had divided the 27 nominees into two batches and con­firmed the first 15 on June 1.

On June 20, the Se­nate con­firmed eight of the re­main­ing 12 nominees in­clud­ing Dr. Asma’u Maikudi and de­ferred the con­fir­ma­tion of four oth­ers.

Those whose con­fir­ma­tion was de­ferred in­cluded nominees from Niger, Kebbi, Zam­fara and La­gos states over some con­tentious is­sues.

Dur­ing their con­fir­ma­tion, the Chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on INEC com­mit­tee, Se­na­tor Suleiman Nazif (APC, Bauchi) told the Se­nate that in the course of the com­mit­tee’s in­ter­ac­tions with Maikudi, they were con­vinced of her suit­abil­ity for the job.

Also in a tele­phone in­ter­view last night, a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, Se­na­tor Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Cen­tral), said Dr. Asma’u Maikudi’s choice was unan­i­mously af­firmed by ev­ery­body and was a wise choice for the job.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that when a ques­tion was raised by the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Se­na­tor Bukola Saraki on her con­fir­ma­tion, sen­a­tors voted in sup­port of the de­ci­sion.

It was fur­ther gath­ered that the of­fice of the Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion (SGF) had on Mon­day is­sued let­ters of ap­point­ment to all the re­main­ing seven of the RECs that were cleared by the Se­nate but the Katsina nom­i­nee was de­nied hers.

Those who got their let­ters in­cluded Mr Sam Olumekun (Ondo), Prof. Riskuwa Shehu (Sokoto), Kas­sim Gana Gaidam (Yobe), Jib­rin Zarewa (Kano), Prof. Sa­muel Egwu (Kogi), Mr. Mike Igini (Delta) and Ab­dul­ganiyu Raji (Oyo).

Speak­ing with the Daily Trust, Dr. As­mau Maikudi said she was aware that her col­leagues got their let­ters.

“We were all di­rected from the of­fice of the SSA to the Pres­i­dent on Na­tional Assem­bly Mat­ters to go to the SGF of­fi­cer for our let­ters ahead of our swear­ing-in. How­ever, when we got there, only seven let­ters were brought by the SA to the SGF; mine was miss­ing and I was only told that it was an or­der from above,” she said.

Con­tacted, the Di­rec­tor of Press in the Of­fice of the SGF, Mr. Bo­laji Ade­biyi, said he was not briefed on the is­sue.

When told that other nominees cleared along­side Maikudi have re­ceived their ap­point­ment let­ters, he said he was not aware and that he would check to­day.

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