I don’t belong to any party, Onochie tells Senate Panel


The Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Lauretta Onochie, has claimed she is not a member of any political party.

Onochie said this at her screening by the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission for appointment as National Commissioner of the electoral body.

The nomination of Onochie who currently serves as Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on New Media has sparked public condemnations from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and civil society organizations.

In her introductory remarks, Onochie said the opposition to her candidacy is as a result of her non-partisan nature.

While appearing before the committee, she said the petitions against her nomination emerged because she follows “due process”.

She also denied being a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) explaining that she withdrew her membership of the party in 2019, immediately after President Muhammadu Buhari won his second term in office.

“I have seen the petitions against me but I stand for justice and fairness. Thus nobody has anything to fear,” she said.

“I am madam due process and this is the reason behind my attacks, because I follow the law and due process.

“I had no partisanship bone in my body until I was invited to come and work with President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Dissatisfied, Ike Ekweremadu, senator representing Enugu west, asked Onochie to reject the nomination and “protect the integrity of the president”.

On his part, Istifanus Gyang, senator representing Plateau north, presented an affidavit in which Onochie said she is an APC member.

In response, Onochie said since Buhari was reelected in 2019, she has not engaged in politics.

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