December 4, 2023

Lauretta Onochie’s Nomination Rejected By Senate Minority Caucus



Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as National Electoral Commissioner for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been rejected the Senate minority caucus.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier on Tuesday nominated his aide to represent Delta State.
The caucus, however, rejected Onochie who is the Special Assistant to President Buhari on social media on the grounds that she is a card-carrying party member of the All Progressives Congress.

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe in a short statement sent to Citynews Nigeria, said by nominating his aide, President Buhari has “willfully gone against the constitution”.

He urged the President to withdraw the nomination.
Abaribe said, “President Buhari by nominating Loretta Onochie has willfully gone against the constitution that he swore to uphold.
“Item F, paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) forbids a card-carrying member of a political party to be a member of INEC.

“The Minority Caucus of the Senate is against this nomination and calls on Mr President to withdraw it.”

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