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I will be guided by constitution, electoral law – INEC chief

Prof. Yakubu taking the oath of office during his inauguration at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Monday. Photo: AKIN OLADOKUN.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday promised to be guided by the electoral act and the constitution in the discharge of his function.

Yakubu, who spoke shortly after his inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari, said “I am not sure that is really difficult, simply because the constitution is very clear.

“The roles and responsibilities of INEC are very clearly spelt out and the provisions of the electoral act are also very clear.

“Our responsibility is to ensure that in whatever we do, we are guided by the letter and spirit of the constitution. And these we are going to do with courage.

“Whatever we need to do, we will ensure that this is done courageously and according to the law.”

Yakubu also promised to be just to all and never to fail the expectations of Nigerians in his new roles, saying he loves hard tasks.

“ One of my bosses used to say that the public office has tenure, a minimum of one day and a maximum of the tenure.

“In the case of the INEC, it is a minimum of a one day and a maximum of five years. In between is the privilege to serve. We will never fail this nation.

“We will be courageous in what we do, and we will be courageous and just to all that we are supposed to serve,’’ he added.

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