Senate Confirms Prof. Sani Adams, As INEC Commissioner Despite Petition Against Him
Senators in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly are poised for a showdown this morning as the Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission pushes for the confirmation of Prof. Sani Adams, whose nomination was stepped down on Tuesday.
The Senate has confirmed Sani Mohammed Adam, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), as a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Adam who is representing north-central was confirmed after Kabiru Gaya, chairman of the committee on INEC, presented a report in a plenary session on Thursday.
The confirmation of the SAN was suspended over a petition against him.
The petition came to the fore on Tuesday — the same day Lauretta Onochie, presidential aide, was rejected by the senate as an INEC commissioner.
While Onochie was rejected based on issues bordering on federal character, Adams’ confirmation was stepped down because of petitions of alleged harassment against him while he was a lecturer at the University of Jos.
However, investigations by our correspondent revealed that the INEC panel Chairman, Senator Kabiru Gaya, suddenly summoned a meeting last night (Wednesday), with a sole agenda of clearing Adams.
The development according to the investigation is causing disharmony among the senators who have vowed to resist such a move.
A member of the panel, who spoke with The PUNCH, said he got the invitation at about 9 pm on Wednesday for the meeting scheduled for 8 am today.
He said, “I don’t know what impression we are creating in the minds of members of the public by rescinding a decision we took barely 24 hours.
“Why can’t we wait until the matter is decided by the Supreme Court before reopening it?”