INEC: Jega Bows Out, Wali Takes Over

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega yesterday bowed out from the commission after completing his five years tenure and handed over to one of the National Commissioners, Ambassador Mohammed Ahmad Wali. Ambassador Wali’s tenure as National Commissioner will expire on 11th August 2015.
Professor Jega explained to the National Commissioners who attended the handing over ceremony that he had written a letter to the President reminding him that his tenure would expire Tuesday, June 29, 2015 and that he had proposed to hand over to one of the National Commissioners whose tenure was yet to expire.
He thanked Ambassador Wali for accepting to act as Chairman of the Commission in spite of the short notice he was served.
Prof Jega said he was leaving gratified and thankful to Almighty Allah.
He thanked the National Commissioners for their camaraderie, teamwork and support. Said he: “May God Almighty continue to bless all of us and our future endeavours. I wish you the best.”
In his response, the Acting Chairman, Ambassador Mohammed Ahmad Wali quoted Shakespeare, saying Professor Jega came, saw and conquered.
Ambassador Wali lauded Professor Jega for raising the status of the Commission.
He said the six weeks during which he would serve will be critical as the Commissioners remaining had to work together to sustain the momentum of the reforms initiated under Professor Jega’s watch.
Ambassador Wali expressed confidence that with the support of his colleagues the Commission should be able to measure up.
He promised to host a befitting send off party for the outgone Chairman and the other National Commissioners whose tenures had expired.
Seven National Commissioners attended the ceremony. They are: Dr. Ishmael Igbani, Engr. Dr. Nuru Yakubu, Dr. Abdulkadir Oniyangi, Hajiya Amina B. Zakari, Dame Gladys Nne Nwafor, Barr. Thelma Iremiren, and Ambassador Lawrence Nwuruku.