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BREAKING: Jega, six INEC commissioners leave office

The chairman of the Independent National
Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, today
bowed out of office after five years at the
helm of the election agency.
Six other national commissioners also ended
their tenure Tuesday.
At a brief ceremony at the INEC headquarters
in Abuja, Mr. Jega handed over to a national
commissioner, Mohammed Wali from Sokoto
state, who becomes acting chairman of the
commission.
Mr. Jega was appointed in June 2010 by
former President Goodluck Jonathan,
suceeding Maurice Iwu.
He conducted two general elections – 2011
and 2015.
Mr. Jega, shortly after the last general
election which held on March 28 and April
11, said he would not be seeking for a fresh
term in office.
He also said he would decline the offer of
renewal if granted.
Mr. Jega is the only chairman of the electoral
body to conduct two general elections in
Nigeria’s electoral history.
The 2015 elections is believed one of
Nigeria’s fairest and freest polls.

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