SENATE CONFIRMS INEC COMMISSIONER NOMINEE ACCUSED OF BEING AN APC MEMBER
The Senate has confirmed Rhoda Gumus as a national commissioner (south-south) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Gumus, a nominee from Bayelsa state, is said to be a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), a civil society organisation (CSO), had petitioned Senate President Ahmad Lawan against her nomination.
In the petition dated January 26 and acknowledged by the office of the senate president, HURIWA national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko said the CSO found documents proving that Gumus is a card-carrying member of the ruling party.
However, while presenting a report on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, chairman of the INEC committee, Kabir Gaya said no petition against Gumus was received.
Gaya said the elders wanted the north-east position to go to Taraba state. He, however, said the committee members dismissed the petition because the president has the prerogative to pick a nominee from any state in the north-east.