Senate selects Onochie and others for INEC commissioners – Channels Television


Special assistant to the president on social networks, Lauretta Onochie during her screening before the senatorial commission of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

The Senate committee of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday selected Lauretta Onochie and other candidates for appointment as national commissioners of the electorate.

One of President Buhari’s assistants, Lauretta Onochie is one of the nominees.

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The appointment of Lauretta Onochie, currently Senior Special Assistant for New Media to President Buhari, has drawn public criticism from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and civil society organizations opposing her appointment on the grounds that it is an alleged card. a full member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and is not suitable for appointment as an election officer.

In her opening remarks, Onochie said she was not partisan. She admitted that she had seen the petitions against her which are not only from the opposition but also from the APC people. She said opposition to her candidacy is due to her being known to be non-partisan and someone who insists on due process and the right thing to do.

However, Committee members questioned its position on impartiality.

Senator Istifanus Gyang requested that one of the petitions against her contained an affidavit affirming her membership in the CPA.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu in his contribution said he feared that his appointment would violate the principle of federal character.

He explained that there is already a candidate from the Delta State whose term will expire soon and that Lauretta is nominated for the second slot for the South-South which is expected to bypass the Southern States, however, the nomination means that for the second time the post goes back to Delta State excluding the other Niger Delta States.

Ekweremadu advised him to withdraw his appointment to preserve the integrity of President Buhari.

However, Senator Lawal Gumau said there was nothing wrong with her appointment and maintained that all petitions against her are feelings.

In his response, Onochie explained that the national commissioner of INEC to whom Senator Ekweremadu referred is May Agbamuche Mgbu.

According to Onochie, Mgbu was named under her husband’s state – Cross River and not Delta state. She explained that since President Buhari won her second term, she has stepped back from anything political.

She argued that from 2019 to date, she had no ties to any political organization and did not participate in the APC validation exercise.


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