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Breaking! Senate Rejects Lauretta Onochie’s Nomination as INEC Commissioner 

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By our correspondent

The leadership of the Senate has asked the presidency to reconsider the nomination of Lauretta Onochie, Senior Special Assistant on Social Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, as National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission representing the South-South,  reports. 

Our newspaper learnt that the leadership of the Senate  on Wednesday evening sent a memo to the presidency on the request to confirm Onochie as an INEC commissioner. 

According to our source,  the Senate enumerated reasons it cannot confirm Onochie , including that  her nomination is unconstitutional  considering her position as a card carrying member of the ruling party,  All Progressives Congress. 

Recall that several Nigerians have reacted to Onochie’s appointment insisting that she is not qualified to be an election umpire .  The Concerned Nigerians group has also written to the Nigerian Senate asking for rejection of  the nomination of Onochie

The  letter signed by its Convener, Comrade Deji Adeyanju reads, “We find President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of his Personal Assistant on Social, Lauretta Onochie, as the Independent National Electoral Commission Commissioner from Delta State to be a reprehensible attempt to destroy the integrity and independence of Nigeria’s electoral commission.

“Lauretta Onochie is an openly partisan, card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress, Nigeria’s ruling party, who constantly attacks and denigrates critics of the ruling party. Her appointment is in violation of paragraph 14 of Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the constitution as amended by Section 30, Act No 1 of 2010, a member of the Independent National Electoral Commission “shall be non-partisan”.
“This constitutional provision prohibits a card-carrying member of a registered political party or a well-known supporter of a particular political party from being appointed as a member of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“Her appointment is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void, and unacceptable to the generality of the Nigerian people. We appeal to you to reject this nomination in the best interest of the Nigerian people, as it is capable of reversing the gains made in our electoral processes. Please be assured of the compliments of our warmest regards.”