By Chuks Ekpeneru
Scheming has begun among politicians with an eye towards influencing the nomination of the next chairman and five commissioners of he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The tenure of the present chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and five commissioners ends November 9 2020.
It is not known if President Muhamadu Buhari is disposed towards giving Yakubu a second term.
INEC Chairman and commissioners are appointed by the President subject to ratification by the Council of State and confirmation by the Senate.
DAILY TRUST quoted a senior government official as saying that two national commissioners are in the front line of those working to take over from Yakubu, in the event that his tenure is not renewed by President Buhari.
In the history of INEC, no Chairman has served two term.
The commission is run by the chairman, 12 national commissioners and 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) who are in charge of the 36 states and FCT.
The seven national commissioners whose tenure is not lapsing on November 9 are Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Mu’azu, Malam Mohammed Kudu Haruna, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, Engr. Abubakar Nahuche, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, and Barrister Festus Okoye.
Meanwhile, politicians are said to be making efforts to have a say in who gets the position of the chairman, to soften their chances in the 2023 general election.