Professor Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday handed over to Alhaji Mohammed Wali, a national commissioner and bowed out of the commission at the expiry of his five-year tenure.
The former INEC boss handed over the mantle of leadership to Wali, a national commissioner, during a closed door ceremony.
Jega bowed out of INEC along with six national commissioners who were appointed by former president Goodluck Jonathan on June 30, 2010.
The commissioners are: retired Col. M.K. Hammanga (Adamawa), Dr Ishmael Igbani (Rivers), Prof. Lai Olurode (Osun), Dame Gladys Nwafor (Abia), Mrs Thelma Iremiren (Delta) and Dr Nuru Yakubu (Yobe).
Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, INEC Secretary told newsmen that Jega handed over to Wali pending the appointment of a new chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Wali represents Sokoto State (North West) in the commission and would end his tenure on August 11.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after he bowed out, Jega expressed appreciation for the opportunity given to him and other INEC management staff to serve the country and predicted a brighter future for Nigeria and INEC..
“We feel great; we thank God Almighty for the opportunity to serve the country. The future is bright for the commission and the country,’’ Jega said.
INEC said four other national commissioners were also expected to leave the commission in July and August.