Senate rejects Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as INEC Commissioner


The Senate has rejected the nomination of the Special Assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie for the position of national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Delta state.

The resolution of the Senate was sequel to the consideration of the Senator Kabiru Gaya,  APC, Kano South led Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The refusal was based on Federal Character Principle and to adhere strictly to the Act, as the Senate said that she is from Delta and the state has May Agbamuche who is the Chairman, Legal Services, INEC.

Onochie’s nomination had attracted a barrage of criticism from several Civil Society Organisations, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other Nigerians who claimed she was a card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

However, when she appeared before the senate last week, Onochie denied being  a card carrying member of the APC.

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