President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of five National Commissioners and one Resident Electoral Commoner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for confirmation by the National Assembly ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Nominees are: Mallam Mohammed Haruna (Niger State) North Central – National Commissioner; Mrs May Agbamuche Mbu – Delta State, National Commissioner, South South; Okeagu Kenneth Nnamdi – Abia State, South East National Commissioner, Maj. Gen. A.B. Alkali (retd.) – Adamawa State, North East, National Commissioner, Prof. Rhoda H Gumus – Bayelsa State, South South, National Commissioner, Mr Sam Olumekun – Ondo State, South West, National Commissioner and Olaniyi Olaleye Ijalaye – Ondo State, South West, Resident Electoral Commissioner.
President Muhammadu Buhari had written to the Senate, seeking for the screening and subsequent Confirmation of some National Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioner for INEC.
Among the nominees is Prof. Rhoda Gumus, who is the Dean of the School of Engineering at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island in Ammassoma, Bayelsa. Her expertise is in Chemical Reaction Engineering and Reaction Kinetics.
Should she be confirmed by the Senate, Prof Gumus who recently lost her husband, would be one of only two women at the commission. The 60-year-old professor who is from Kolokuma/Opokuma in Bayelsa, has five publications and 60 citations.
Mr. Sam Olugbadebo Olumekunmni, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Lagos State was born on 9th July, 1954 in Okitipupa, Ondo State. He attended the University of Lagos, Akoka and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc, Political Science) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA), respectively.
He was first appointed Resident Electoral Commissioner in December 2011 and served in the following states during his first term of office: Ondo State (December 2011 – December 2014) Ekiti State (January 2015 – January 2016), and Edo State (February 2016 – December 2016). On the 4th of August, 2017, he was re-appointed a Resident Electoral Commissioner for the second time and posted to Lagos State.
Before his appointment as a Resident Electoral Commissioner in 2011, he held several positions including Secretary, Cabinet Matters, Governor’s Office, Ondo State (2002-2003), Secretary, Government House Protocol, Ondo State (2003-2005), Permanent Secretary, Government House and Protocol, Ondo State (2005-2009).
Okeagu Kenneth Nnamdi is a philanthropist, humanitarian and founder of the Connak Foundation. Ukeagu is from Umuegwu-Afugiri, Ohuhu in Umuahia North L.G.A of Abia State.
May Agbamuche-Mbu is waiting for senate confirmation to serve a second term as a national commissioner. She is a seasoned legal practitioner with over three decades of experience working with diverse clients in both the Public and Private sector. May hails from Delta State though she was born in Kano where she attended St. Louis Secondary School, later graduating from the University of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1984 with an LLB in Law.
Before her appointment as a National Commissioner for INEC, May was the managing partner of her law firm in Lagos, Norfolk Partners and also the editor of THISDAY LAWYER, a weekly legal pullout in one of the nation’s most widely read newspapers. From January 2014 to September 2016, May published 120 legal editorials under her column LEGAL EAGLE.
Prof. Rhoda Gumus is the Dean of the School of Engineering at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island in Ammassoma, Bayelsa. Her expertise is in Chemical Reaction Engineering and Reaction Kinetics. Should she be confirmed by the Senate, Prof Gumus who recently lost her husband, would be one of only two women at the commission. The 60-year-old professor who is from Kolokuma/Opokuma in Bayelsa, has five publications and 60 citations.
Mohammed Haruna, was first appointed a national commissioner in 2016 and was renominated earlier in December 2021. He was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, on September 22, 1951. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, between 1971 and 1975, Glasgow College of Technology, Scotland, in 1979/1980, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1983/1984 and Harvard Advanced Management Programme in 1995.
He worked in New Nigerian Newspapers Company Ltd. between 1976 and 1989 where he rose from a cub reporter to managing director. He was co-founder and chief executive of the rested Citizen News magazine between 1990 and 1994.
He served in the military administration of General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar as his chief press secretary between October 1998 and May 1999. He taught in the Mass Communications Department of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, as a Senior Lecturer between 2008 and 2014.
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