Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has urged the three new Commissioners sworn-in by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday to be firm and fair in their dealings with political parties and candidates.
The three new National Commissioners are Dr. Baba Bila (representing North-East zone), Prof. Sani Adam (North-Central), and Prof. Abdullahi Abdu (North West).
At a brief welcome ceremony held at the Commission’s headquarters, the INEC boss enjoined the new appointees to adhere strictly to provisions of the law, saying “Our success in this arduous task draws from our integrity as election managers.”
He added: “We must be strict in the application of the law, firm in handling the public trust bestowed on us, and fair in our dealings with political parties and candidates. We must remember that in discharging our responsibilities, Nigeria and Nigerians must always come first. We must abide by our oaths of office to defend the choice made by Nigerians at the polls in all elections and continue to protect the sanctity of the vote without which democratic election is meaningless.”