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2019: Why Buhari Can’t Fire INEC Chairman, Yakubu Mahmood

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INEC Chairman, Yakubu Tells Senators-Elect What To Do About Electoral Law

President Muhammadu Buhari has debunked claims that he has plans of sacking the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu.

There have been speculations that Buhari was set to fire the INEC chairman, following the abrupt postponement of the elections.

Reacting, Buhari, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu pointed out that he cannot remove Yakubu because he would need a resolution by two-thirds majority of the Senate to do so.

According to The Nation, Shehu said, “Those reports are utterly baseless and false. There is nothing like that.

“Whoever is saying the President is removing INEC chairman is just displaying his illiteracy. Let him go and read the constitution.

“You need a resolution by two-thirds majority of the Senate for any such action.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, postponed the February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23 and March 9th respectively because of logistics.

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