INEC Job: Senate Rejects Lauretta Onochie

Ms. Lauretta Onochie

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau

To the surprise of many, the Nineth has aligned with as it has turned down the nomination of the Senior to President Muhammadu Buhari on , Ms. , for the position of a National Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Upper Legislative House on Tuesday declared the controversial nominee ineligible for the position.

Reading his report, Chairman Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya said Onochie’s nomination was in breach of the Principle of Federal Character Commission, enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

Gaya recalled that Delta state, which she was supposed to represent has been adequately represented by May Agbamuche-Mbu, an INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Legal Services of the Commission who is also from Delta state as Onochie.

especially Civil Society groups, legal luminaries, opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and some state Governors including Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike were in the same boat by calling on the to reject Onochie’s nomination.

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