Yusuf Bello| The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday defended the appointment of Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner, insisting that members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members are also commissioners of the electoral umpire.
The ruling party said this in response to the criticism that has trailed the nomination of Lauretta Onochie, many have questioned her partisanship because she is a member of the APC.
In a statement on Friday, Yekini Nabena, APC deputy spokesman, said the concerns of partisanship are being raised by the PDP.
Nabena said, “President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Lauretta Onochie as a National Electoral Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been subject to rash, subjective, misplaced and selective criticism by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some interest groups.”
“Perhaps the PDP needs to be reminded that one of its card-carrying members, Dr. Johnson Alalibo is the current Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).
“Alalibo who was also a former Deputy Whip in the Bayelsa state house of assembly has been an electoral asset to the PDP but that is an issue to be addressed another day.”
The deputy APC spokesman asked the senate to ignore “PDP’s grandstanding, cheap blackmail, baseless and subjective allegations of partisanship it is sponsoring against Ms Onochie”.
He continued, ”For the PDP, Ms Onochie’s capacity and effectiveness as a public servant and senior social media professional amounts to partisanship.”
“Since public service now equates ‘partisanship’ we invite the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to equally fault appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the current INEC Chairman who was the immediate-past Executive Secretary of the government’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) as well as the earlier stated Dr. Johnson Alalibo.”
“We equally invite the PDP to query the ‘unquestionable integrity’ of brazen PDP apologists such as Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC; Mike Igini, resident electoral commissioner (REC) for Akwa Ibom State, among others.”