Niger Assembly sacks state’s electoral commission chairman
The Niger State House of Assembly has sacked the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC), Alhaji Baba Aminu, from office for his inability to effectively discharge his official responsibilities.
The lawmakers, however, accused him of incompetence for his inability to give the actual number of registered voters in the state as the chairman of the state electoral body.
Aminu was removed alongside one other commissioner who was said to have featured on a radio programme in the state where he had questioned the power of the Assembly to shift or suspend the local council elections.
The chairman appeared before the lawmakers on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at the Assembly Complex in Minna to explain why the electoral commission decided to go ahead with preparations for the conduct of the council elections in the state despite the resolution passed by the House of Assembly to suspend the process.
While answering questions from the legislators, Aminu said that he was only loyal to two masters, which is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as well as the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, saying that he has not received any directive from the court or the state government stopping the commission from conducting the council elections.
The lawmakers, however, wondered if the chairman of the state’s electoral commission would be impartial as expected of him since he claimed to be loyal to the governor.