Saturday, June 10, 2023

Niger Assembly sacks state’s electoral commission chairman

The house said the sack was due to the electoral chairman’s “inability to discharge the functions of his office” as well as “misconduct”.

• September 27, 2022
Niger State House of Assembly
Niger State House of Assembly [Photo Credit: Leadership News]

The Niger State House of Assembly sacked the chairman of the state’s Independent Electoral Commission, Baba Aminu, on Tuesday.

Malik Madaki (APC-Bosso) said the law establishing the electoral commission and Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution empowered the lawmakers to take the action.

Announcing the decision, speaker of the house, Abdullahi Bawa (APC-Tafa), said two-thirds of members voted in favour of Mr Aminu’s removal.

Mr Bawa said he was sacked for “his inability to discharge the functions of his office ranging from the inability of the mind and for misconduct”.

Earlier, Ahmed Bello (PDP-Agwara) moved the motion for Mr Aminu’s sack and was seconded by Binta Mamman (APC-Gurara).

The lawmakers had earlier invited Mr Aminu and the state’s attorney-general to appear before the house on September 22 to explain why preparations for local government elections had not been suspended despite their resolution.

They argued that the preparations should have been suspended since there was a pending matter in court about the exercise.

Mr Aminu honoured the invitation, telling the lawmakers that he was not answerable to them but his principal, the governor.

He stressed that he had not received any directive from his principal to suspend the exercise scheduled to hold in November.

Mr Aminu also said that he was aware of the pendency of a matter about the election in court but was yet to receive directives from his principal to suspend action.

He said N1 billion had already been approved for the conduct of the local government election but that the commission was yet to receive the fund.

In an earlier contribution, Aba Bala (APC-Borgu) said it was obvious that Mr Aminu’s loyalty was to his principal and expressed doubt that the chairman would be able to conduct free and fair elections. 


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”


Brain Drain: ‘Native doctors’ will soon be treating Nigerians if…says Mimiko

According to Mr Mimiko, Nigeria may only have native doctors to turn to for treatment if the medical doctors continue to leave the country in droves.



Amotekun nabs suspected burglars, cultist in Osun

He said the suspect was arrested by the Amotekun operatives during a routine patrol in Ilesa town.

Debo Ologunagba


10th NASS: PDP warns against influencing election of leadership

Mr Ologunagba emphasised the legislature’s independence and insisted that members must be allowed to elect their presiding officers.



Ted Kaczynski, ‘Unabomber’ terrorist who targeted victims with letter bombs, dies in U.S. federal prison

He was initially kept at federal supermax prison in Colorado for more than two decades before he was moved to a federal prison medical facility in North Carolina.

Francis Nwifuru


Ebonyi governor to support security agencies with vehicles

The governor said the meeting became imperative to proffer solutions to security challenges in the state.