The Concerned Nigerians Group and the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria have recommended the ninth Senate for rejecting the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Committee, Kabiru Gaya, mentioned in his report that Onochie didn’t fulfill the provisions of the Federal Character Principles.
Concerned Nigerians Group, in a press release by its spokesperson, Theophilus Abuh Agada, recommended this transfer by the Senate.
It famous that the nomination of Onochie, a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress and particular assistant to the president as INEC commissioner is an aberration and mockery of Nigeria’s democracy.
“We commend the Nigerian Senate for showing extraordinary courage in rejecting the nomination of Onochie as INEC commissioner. INEC is an independent institution, and the candidacy of Onochie negates the principle upon which the body was established.
“Onochie is not only partisan; she has confirmed over time to be a paid hack of the ruling occasion. Her demonstrable actions in defending the president and politicians elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress will have an effect on her sense of judgment in discharging her duties as an INEC commissioner.” the group said.
The group stated that an INEC commissioner ought to be someone with no questionable character but with proven integrity.
It also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended electoral bill to strengthen Nigeria’s electoral process and ensure transparency and credibility in elections.
“If the President means effectively for Nigeria and he’s involved concerning the high quality of leaders elected into totally different workplaces, he ought to signal the amended electoral invoice quite than appointing an aide of questionable integrity that may assist him and his occasion rig elections.
“In the same vein, we call on the National Assembly not to reverse the gains we have made in our electoral process by banning the electronic transmissions of results.
” The ruling All Progressives Congress succeeded in 2015 in assuming energy due to the modern introduction of a card reader. The National Assembly should proceed to assist artistic concepts by INEC, which can assist the fee conduct free, credible and clear elections.
“Finally, we call on the Inspector General of Police to begin immediate prosecution of Lauretta Onochie for brazenly lying under oath.”
The Northern Youths Council of Nigeria additionally lauded the Senate’s rejection of the nomination of Onochie, describing it as a victory for democracy and affirmation of the Independence of the National Assembly.
In a press release by its President, Isah Abubakar, the group acknowledged those that badly recommended President Buhari to make such nominations had higher “desist from misleading him or risked facing the anger of Northern youths.”
The Council admonished the leaders of the National Assembly and different Legislative wings to proceed to place Nigeria’s Democracy first above occasion and particular person sentiments.
It mentioned, “Without democracy, the Senate President would have been handling chalk in the classroom, or Mr. Speaker would have been busy in court without the hope of occupying the sensitive positions democracy afforded them. This also applies to other members of the National Assembly.”
The group additional urged them to make sure that they safeguard democracy for the longer term era in order that their youngsters would profit from it too.