The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday confirmed the resignation of a National Commissioner , Abubakar Nahuche .
His resignation came barely a few minutes after the INEC chairman, Prof . Mahmood Yakubu , handed over to Air Vice Marshall Ahmed Mu ’ azu ( retd . ) , to oversee the affairs of the commission pending the confirmation of his reappointment by the senate .
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman ( Information and Voter Education Committee) , Festus Okoye, confirmed the resignation in a message .
He said , “ INEC National Commissioner and chairman, Estate , Works and Transport Committee, representing North- West , Abubakar Nahuche , resigned his appointment on personal reasons and the President has accepted his resignation and thanked him for his services to the nation . ”
The PUNCH learnt that five National Commissioners also retired during the handover ceremony held at the Conference Rome at INEC Headquarters , Abuja.
They are Hajiya Amina Zakari , Prof . Antonia Taiye Okoosi – Simbine, Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo , Dr . Mohammed Mustafa Lecky , and Prince Adedeji Solomon Soyebi .
Meanwhile , a new Resident Electoral Commissioner , Dr . Chukwuemeka Chukwu , representing Abia State was appointed at the event .Until his appointment , the REC now deployed to Ebonyi State , was a lecturer at the University of Nigerian , Nsukka .
Since the onset of the presidential system of government 41 years ago in 1979 , Nigeria has had nine chairmen of the electoral umpire under different names , including the Federal Electoral Commission popularly known as FEDECO ; National Electoral Commission ; National Electoral Commission of Nigeria and INEC in succession .
The chairmen were Michael Ani ; Victor Ovie – Whiskey ; Eme Awa ; Humphrey Nwosu ; Ephraim Akpata ; Abel Guobadia ; Maurice Iwu ; Attahiru Jega , and now Mahmood Yakubu .
During his brief response , AVM Mu ’ azu said he has accepted the responsibility reposed on him and would discharge his duties with due diligence .
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