Buhari nominates media aide Onochie, three others as INEC Commissioners

By our reporter| President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday nominated one of his media aides, Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission representing Delta State.

Other nominated alongside the controversial media aide include, Prof. Muhammad Sani Kallah (National Electoral Commissioner), Katsina; Prof. Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (National Electoral Commissioner), Ekiti; and Saidu Babura Ahmad (Resident Electoral Commissioner), Jigawa.

Onochie’s nomination was contained in a letter dated 12th October, 2020, and read by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday.

Buhari’s letter read in part, “Pursuant to Paragraph 14 of Part I(F) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of the following four Commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission.”

In a separate letter to the Upper Chamber, on Tuesday, the President also requested the confirmation of appointment of three Executive Directors of the Board of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency.

According to him, the request for confirmation was in accordance with the provision of Section 2(3) of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (Amendment) Act 2007.

The nominees are, Mr. Ifeanyi Christian Kammelu (Executive Director – South East); Muhammad Gambo Bizi (Executive Director – North East); and Prof. Abubakar Ismail (Executive Director – North West).

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