PDP storms NASS to protest Onochie’s nomination as INEC Commissioner


The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stormed the National Assembly to protest against the nomination of Lauretta Onochie, for appointment as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, representing Delta State.

Onochie is currently the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media.

The protest took place at the outer gate of the National Assembly popularly called MOPOL Gate.

Led by its National Chairman, Uche Secondus, the PDP urged the national assembly to impress on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately withdraw Onochie’s nomination, describing it as a travesty on democracy.

The PDP claims that the presidential aide is a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and therefore cannot be an unbiased empire in elections.

Secondus in a petition addressed to the Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC, said the Senate should save itself in particular and Nigeria in general from ridicule by rejecting Onochie.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has learnt of the nomination of Mrs. Lauretta Onochie as a Commissioner in INEC by Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The nomination which was read on the floor of the Senate and forwarded to your committee for screening has created a lot of misgivings in the court of public opinion and judgement,” the letter signed by the National Secretary of the PDP, Umaru Tsauri, read.

“Our Party considers it as important to bring to the attention of your committee the fact that our duty is to let you know that the National Assembly must endeavour to do things right and in accordance with the dictates of the laws of the country.

“The Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended) clearly prohibits people like Mrs. Onochie, who is very partisan, in fact, a card carrying member of a political party to be appointed into INEC as an electoral umpire.

“Section 156(i)(a) and third schedule, Part 1, Item F, Paragraph 14(1) of the Constitution have out rightly disqualified her.

“We are, therefore, writing to ask the Chairman to save the Senate President, the Senate itself and Mr. President from being ridiculed.

“We call on your committee to reject the nomination of Mrs. Onochie because she cannot be neutral or independent as she is factually known to be an unrepentant card carrying member of the APC with uncountable number of proofs.

“Her confirmation will be a wholesome abuse of democratic tenets and dragging the reputation of the President and the Senate in the political mud.

“Please, don’t make an avoidable legislative and political mistake for the country,” the statement added.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the protest, the spokesperson of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, insisted that lawmakers who recently dumped the party and pitched their tent with the APC will be made to vacate their seats.

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