Jonathan Withdraws Nomination Of Oyo INEC Commissioner

President Goodluck Jonathan has withdrawn the nomination of Prof. Akinola Salau of Oyo State as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Jonathan conveyed the withdrawal in a letter dated March 21, and addressed to the Senate President, Chief David Mark.

The letter, which was read at the floor of the Senate by Mark quoted the president as saying that “emergent circumstances have necessitated the withdrawal of Salau as National Electoral Commissioner.

“A replacement nominee will be forwarded to the Senate shortly. It is my hope that this will receive your usual kind consideration,’’ the president wrote.

Meanwhile, the Senate is likely to debate the 2013 Appropriation Act Amendment Proposal, forwarded to the National Assembly last week by Jonathan from April 15.

Senate Spokesman Sen. Enyinnanya Abaribe dropped the hint while briefing reporters.

He said that the Senate Standing Committees had so “much work piled up’’ after the Easter holidays and the Senate would resume plenary session from April 15.

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