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Concerned Nigerians Group Asks Senate Not To Confirm Buhari’s Aide, Onochie As Electoral Commissioner

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The Involved Nigerians group has requested the Nigerian Senate to reject the nomination of Lauretta Onochie, Senior Particular Assistant on Social Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, as Nationwide Commissioner of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, representing the South-South.

Onochie was nominated as an INEC commissioner by Buhari in October 2020.



Eight months after her nomination, Ahmad Lawan, Senate President, requested the Committee on INEC to begin the screening course of.

In a letter to Lawan on Monday, the group mentioned Onochie’s nomination goes opposite to the provisions of the structure, which prohibit nomination of partisan folks for the workplace.

The letter signed by its Convener, Comrade Deji Adeyanju reads, “We write, in our capability, as a citizen-led human rights organisation to supply a well timed warning on the proposed affirmation of Ms. Lauretta Onochie as an INEC commissioner, in clear violation of the provisions of the extant Electoral Act and the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

“In the identical vein, we urge you to instantly clear Professor Sani Adams, a professor of regulation who’s eminently certified to be a nationwide commissioner and different Nigerians on the checklist.

“It’s public data that Ms. Onochie is a card-carrying of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a supporter and political aide of the president. We discover it very worrisome that the Senate, beneath your management, seems to have made up its thoughts to verify Ms. Onochie as an INEC Commissioner. You could be aware that Paragraph 14 of Half 1 of the Third Schedule to the Structure as amended by Part 30, Act No 1 of 2010, states {that a} member of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee shall be non-partisan.

“We want to draw your consideration to the truth that elections in Nigerfa normally decide, to a big extent, the nation’s destiny. Accordingly, the Senate have to be cautious to not set a harmful precedent with the affirmation of Ms. Onochie, lest a day come when the president of Nigeria might nominate his celebration chairman because the INEC Chairman. 

“If this your proposed motion of confirming Ms. Onochie goes on in accordance with plan, it should make many lose hope in elections and democracy within the nation. We urge you to not reverse all our democratic positive factors by this motion.

“Within the gentle of the foregoing, we hereby request that you simply take pressing steps to safeguard the nation’s current and future electoral course of, by declining the nomination of Ms. Onochie as an INEC Commissioner.”

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