2015 Elections: INEC Redeploys Electoral Commissioners

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has redeployed Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in the build-up to the 2015 general elections. The redeployment and directions on handing and taking over formalities were communicated in a letter signed by the secretary to the commission, Augusta Ogakwu, dated December 24, 2014. The chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, had stated earlier in the year that the electoral body would change the commissioners ahead of elections to stem accusations of manipulation and potential collusion with state governments. However, mixed reactions have trailed the re-deployment of the RECs as some civil society organisations have criticized the deployment of the RECs to neighbouring states. The move has, however, received more praise across the country as a signal of INEC’s readiness to conduct a transparent election The director of the Centre for Social Justice, CENSOJ, Eze Onyekpere, expressed fears that though operating in familiar terrains may aid prompt execution of duty, it may also create opportunity for compromise. The national publicity secretary of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, and spokesman of the South East All Progressives Congress, APC Osita Okechukwu, described the move as “pedestrian” while the executive director, Human Rights Monitor, HRM, Festus Okoye, praised the move, stating that there was nothing unusual or sinister in the redeployment exercise. Details of the redeployment are below.

Anambra State-  Edwin Offor Nwatarali
Enugu State-  Chukwuemeka Onukaogu
Akwa Ibom State- Austin Okogie
Adamawa State- Baba Abba Yusuf
Abia State- Selina Omagha Oko
Bauchi State-  Tukur Sa’ad
Bayelsa State- Barito Lenusikpugi Kphagih
Benue State- Istifanus Dafwang
Borno State- Samuel Madaki
Cross River State- Sylvester Okey Ezeani
Delta State- Aniedi Ikoiwak
Ebonyi State- Lawrence Azubuike
Edo State- Mr Mike Igini
Ekiti State- Sam Olugbadebo Olumekun
Gombe State- Kassim Gana Geidam
Imo State- Gabriel Ada
Jigawa State- Haliru Tambawel
Kaduna State- Hussaini Ahmed Mahuta
Kano State- Minkaila Abdullahi
Katsina State- Ibrahim Bagobiri Marafa
Kebbi State- Jibrin Ibrahim Zarewa
Kogi State- Hussaini Halilu Pai
Kwara State-  Emmanuel Onucheyo
Lagos State- Akin Orebiyi
Nasarawa State- Umar Danyaya
Niger State- Nasir Ayilara
Ogun State- Timothy Ibitoye
Ondo State- Segun Agbaje
Osun State- A.L. Ogunmola
Oyo State- Rufus Akeju
Plateau State- Kwanga Godwin Mbatsavbee
Rivers State- Gesila Khan
Sokoto State- Sadiq Abubakar Musa
Taraba State- Ahmad Makama
Yobe State- Habu Zarma
Zamfara State- Abubakar Umar Wara
Federal Capital Territory- Jacob Jatau

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