No fewer than 11 candidates are jostling to be appointed the new Chairman of the Independent national Electoral Commsision (INEC),
The position became vacant following the expiration of the tenure of the former chairman of the commission, Prof attahiru Jega.
Since Jega’s departure in June, the aspirants have stepped up their campaigns to occupy the position
Some of those being speculated to succed jega are the acting chairman of the commission, Amina . Zakari;, two former National Commissioners (Lai Olurode and Nuru Yakubu); the Director-General of INEC Electoral Institute, Prof. Abubakar Momoh; Festus Okoye ( a human rights activist); Mike Igini
A retired Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammadu Uwais, who was the chairman of an Electoral Reform Committee raised by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, has been suggested for the job, but there is a snag: his age.
The top contender for the coveted seat is Mrs. Zakari, a princess of Hadejia, Kano State in the Northwest.
Besides coming from the same geopolitical zone with Jega, Mrs. Zakari is the first woman vying for the Chief Electoral Officer.
It was gathered that there were issues on whether or not the President should appoint the INEC chairman from the North or the South.
President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to discuss his nominees for INEC.