As time ticks for the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmud Yakubu to vacate office, one question on the lips of many Nigerians is if President Muhammadu Buhari will retain him.
Investigation by Nigerian Pilot indicates that already, many Nigerians have started lobbying for the plump job.
This newspaper also gathered that the presidency may not be favourably disposed to reappointing the incumbent national chairman of the electoral body.
Though the picture is still not very clear, the presidency is said to be collating facts on those whose names are on the shortlist.
The tenure of Professor Yakubu will end on November 9.
It would be recalled that Nigerian Pilot had reported of an alleged scheming from various quarters to have Yakubu replaced ahead of permutations for the 2023 general elections.
The appointment of the INEC chairman and commissioners entails nomination by the president, ratification by the Council of State and confirmation by the Senate.
There had been speculations from some quarters that an influential politician is responsible for inaction over the matter.
Meanwhile, INEC yesterday announced that the 2023 presidential election has been fixed for February 18.
The INEC chairman, who announced this at the inauguration of the House of Representatives Committee on 1999 Constitution Review yesterday, said there is just about 855 days left for the 2023 general election.
He said as it is usually the case, elections have to take place in the second week of February of each election year.
He advised federal lawmakers to ensure a timely review of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act to help improve the country’s electoral process.
Yakubu also spoke about various innovations through the use of technology which the commission has adopted in conducting elections and restated its commitment to credible polls.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the constitution review is important to “identify those areas where the laws of our land have not lived up to expectations” and fix the gaps.
“We are commencing this constitutional review process at a time of great and ongoing upheaval in our country. New challenges emerge daily from every corner. Some of these challenges are of our own making, and others, we could not have foreseen or been prepared for.
“Whichever may be the case, the Nigerian people look up to us as a government to proffer solutions that work, to do the heavy lifting of writing a new constitution, one better suited to our current aspirations and reflect our vision for the future,” he said.