Amid Outrage, Senate Begins Screening Of Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie, Others As Electoral Officers

The Senate has began the screening of nominees for appointment as National Commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 

The nominees, together with Lauretta Onochie, the Senior Special Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, had arrived the Senate for the train, Punch experiences.

Amid Outrage, Senate Begins Screening Of Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie, Others As Electoral Officers 2

It was gathered that Onochie arrived on the Senate wing of the National Assembly about 11 am; accompanied by the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Babajide Omoworare.

She was instantly ushered into the workplace of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Kabri Gaya.

Onochie was awaiting her flip to be screened by the Senate panel as of the time of submitting this report.

Onochie was nominated as an INEC commissioner by Buhari in October 2020.

Eight months after her nomination, Ahmad Lawan, Senate President, requested the Committee on INEC to start the screening course of.

Her nomination had attracted the outrage of Nigerians, particularly the opposition get together, the Peoples Democratic Party which argued that Onochie is a card-carrying member of the ruling All Progressives Congress; and by advantage of her political affiliation with the APC, she is just not match and correct to be appointed as an election officer.

The get together argued that Onochie would pollute the ambiance of neutrality, and truthful play within the Commission if the Senate goes forward to approve her nomination.

In June, Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the PDP, led a protest to the National Assembly, Abuja over the nomination of Lauretta Onochie, as National Commissioner of the INEC representing the South-South.

Other nominees embrace Professor Muhammad Sani Kallah (Katsina); Professor, Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti), and Saidu Babura Ahmad (Jigawa).

They additionally included Professor Sani Muhammad Adam (North-Central); Dr Baba Bila (North East).

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Amid Outrage, Senate Begins Screening Of Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie, Others As Electoral Officers

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