Senate minority caucus rejects Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner

By our reporter| The nomination of Lauretta Onochie as National Electoral Commissioner for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was on Tuesday rejected by the Senate minority caucus.

In rejecting Onochie, the special sssistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, the caucs said tat the Delta state indigene is card-carrying member of the ruling APC.

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe who made the position of the minority caucus public via a statement, said by nominating his aide, President Buhari has “willfully gone against the constitution”.

According to him, the nomination should be withdrawn.

Abaribe said, “President Buhari by nominating Loretta Onochie has willfully gone against the constitution that he swore to uphold.

“Item F, paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) forbids a card carrying member of a political party to be a member of INEC.

“The Minority Caucus of the Senate is against this nomination and calls on Mr President to withdraw it.”

Buhari on Tuesday, in a letter dated 12th October to to the Senate, asked the lawmakers to confirm Onochie and three others for INEC job.

The other nominees are, Prof. Muhammad Sani Kallah (National Electoral Commissioner), Katsina; Prof. Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (National Electoral Commissioner), Ekiti; and Saidu Babura Ahmad (Resident Electoral Commissioner), Jigawa.

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