Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule, has called on the newly sworn-in Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC), Ayuba Wandai Usman to be neutral in handling the affairs of the Commission ahead of the February, 2021 Local Government elections.
The State Governor made the call shortly after the swearing in of Ayuba Wandai Usman at the Conference room of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Lafia.
The Governor urged him and his members to be neutral, objective, transparent and exhibit high sense of integrity in their conducts.
The State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel A. Akabe, who stood in for Governor Abdullahi Sule at the occasion, tasked him to organize free, fair and credible election that is in line with world best practices.
According to him, government will not in any way interfere in the activities of the Commission, especially in the discharge of their core responsibilities.
He called on registered political parties in the State to participate in all the electoral processes that will usher in new council authorities in the coming elections.
The Governor then urged the new leadership of the Commission to justify the confidence reposed in him by ensuring the conduct of the elections into various office at the third tier of government is done in manner that will be acceptable by all.
In his acceptance speech, the NASIEC chairman, Ayuba Wandai Usman pledged their commitment to discharge their duties with due diligence and in accordance with relevant laws that establish the commission.
Usman assured that his team will not shift away from the ideals, policies and programmes of Governor Sule’s administration.
He commended the past leadership of NASIEC for putting in place good mechanism for electoral processes in the State.
Also present at the swearing in were the Ambassador-Designate, Hon Henry Omaku, the Secretary to the State Government, Barr Ubandoma Aliyu, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Dr. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana.
Prior to the swearing in, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly confirmed Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s nomination of Hon Ayuba Wandai Usman and Ishaq Mohammed Baba as the Chairman and member of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) respectively.
Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House announced their confirmation after the nominees appeared before the House for their screening during the House proceedings in Lafia today.
The Speaker while congratulating the nominees on their confirmation, urged them to discharge their duties without fear or favour.
“The nominees are persons with proven integrity. They have the capacities to deliver
“They are competent and we believe they will discharge their duties with the fear of God.
“The House hereby confirms the nomination of Hon Ayuba Wandai Usman and Ishaq Mohammed Baba as the Chairman and member of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) respectively, ” the speaker said.
He also commended Gov Sule for making right choice of persons to serve in the state democracy House.
The Speaker directed the clerk of the House to communicate the House resolution to Gov. Abdullahi Sule for his action.
Earlier Hon Mohammed Okpoku (APC Udege Loko) moved a motion for the house to confirm the NASIEC boss Ayuba Wandai who hails from Nasarawa LG and was seconded by Hon Ismaeel Suleiman Danbaba(APC Nasarawa Central) just as that of Ishaq Mohammed Baba who hails from Keffi, was moved by Hon Sulaiman Abdulaziz Danladi (SDP Keffi East)and was seconded by Hon Aliyu Ibrahim Nana(APC Keffi West).
It would be recalled that on Aug.24, 2020, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State submitted the names of Ayuba Wandai Usman and Ishaq Mohammed Baba to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly for confirmation as the Chairman and member of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) respectively.