FACT-CHECK: Is the INEC Chairman Handing Over to an Acting Chairman?

VERDICT: True

CLAIM: On Friday, November 6, 2020, a blog ejegist published a report with the claim that the current Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, will hand over to an Acting Chairman on Monday, November 9.

The report quoting the Daily Trust Newspaper and went further to say that Prof. Yakubu will be handing over to one of the National Commissioners whose tenure has not expired.

FACT:

The claim that Prof. Yakubu Mahmood will on Monday, November 9, handover power to an Acting INEC Chairman is true.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Barr Festus Okoye, told fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) that the Chairman will be stepping aside till he is confirmed for a second term by the Nigerian Senate.

He said ‘’The Chairman will exit the Commission on Monday the 9th of November 2020. Constitutionally his tenure expires by effluxion of time on Monday, November 9, 2020. He will handover to one of the National Commissioners pending his confirmation and swearing-in for a second and final term. The Chairman is a stickler to constitutionalism and will also abide by constitutional tenets.

CONCLUSION

The claim that the current INEC Chairman will be handing over to an acting Chairman on November 9, 2020, is true.

He will handover to one of the National Commissioners pending his confirmation and swearing-in for a second and final term.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

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