Onochie’s appointment as INEC commissioner rejected by the senate

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The Senate has rejected Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to reports, the upper legislative chamber rejected her appointment following the consideration of the report of the Committee on INEC, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).

It was gathered that the panel recommended Onochie’s disqualification as INEC National Commissioner because her nomination is allegedly in violation of Section 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution on the Principle of Federal Character.

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The committee explained that there is currently a serving commissioner from Delta state, where Onochie hails from.

The Punch also reported that the Senate at the committee of the whole voted against Onochie’s nomination.

Onochie was nominated for the job by President Muhammadu Buhari in October 2020.

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Her nomination sparked off outrage over concerns that she is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but the presidential aide said she resigned her membership of the ruling party in 2019.

The Senate also stood down the approval of Professor Sani Mohammed Adam till further legislative action.

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