by James Sambo
Reports from reputable media outlets have it that the Federal Government may have shortlisted four national commissioners to succeed Prof. Attahiru Jega as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
According to Punch Newspapers, Jega may soon be asked to hand over to one of the commissioners in INEC and also proceed on a three-month terminal leave.
Initially, there had been reports that Prof. Femi Mimiko, a brother of the Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, was being touted for the position, however, the former Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State, is believed to be out of contention for the job.
The national commissioners now in the running for the role Jega could be either of; Dr. Mohammed Wali from Sokoto State, Mrs. Amina Zakari from Jigawa State, Colonel Mohammed Kurmi Hammanga (rtd.) from Adamawa State and Dr. Ishmael Igbani from Rivers State.
However, the FG has reportedly not decided on whether to appoint the acting chairman from the North-West, or from another zone.
Wali and Zakari were reportedly shortlisted because they hailed from the North-West, while Igbani and Hammanga were included on the list because of the argument among some top government officials that the INEC chairmanship should not be subjected to zoning.