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Ambode Nominates Ex-Lagos CJ, Philips As New LASIEC Chairman


By Niyi Adeyi

LAGOS, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has nominated the immediate past Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayotunde Philips as the new Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

The Governor, in a letter addressed to the State House of Assembly, which was read on the floor of the House Tuesday, indicated that the decision to nominate Justice Philips was pursuant to the powers conferred on him by Section 2 (1) and (2) of the LASIEC Act, 2008.

The letter which was read by the House Clerk, Mr. Ganiyu Abiru, disclosed Governor Ambode’s nomination of Justice Phillips was in tandem with the provision of the law which mandated that the House must ratify such appointment by way of screening and resolution.

The letter reads in part: “Accordingly, following the retirement of Justice A.F Adeyinka, the current LASIEC Chairman, Justice Ayotunde Philips (rtd) is being presented as the Chairman of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

“While looking forward for the favourable confirmation of the honourable House of Assembly, please accept the assurance of my esteemed regard,” the Governor stated.

After, the House adjourned sitting till Monday, May 9, 2016 for deliberation on the letter.

It would be recalled, the House had earlier confirmed Governor Ambode’s nominees for appointment as members of the Board of LASIEC. The nominees are Dr. Bunmi Omosehinde, Mr. Lateef Raji, Mrs. Toyin Ibrahim-Famakinwa and Mr. Olusegun Ayedun.

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