CSOs Ask Senate to Reject Nomination of Buhari's Aide Into...

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CSOs Ask Senate to Reject Nomination of Buhari’s Aide Into INEC

A total numberof eleven (11) Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have rejected the nomination of Ms Lauretta Onochie as a national commissioner to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Onochie, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is currently serving as one of the presidential aides to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lauretta Onochie and Muhammadu Buharui

At a press briefing attended by a Legit.ng reporter in Abuja on Wednesday, June 23, the CSOs said: “On Tuesday 13 October 2020, the president sent the names of four nominees to the Senate for confirmation as commissioners in INEC. Three of the names were nominated as national commissioners and one as Resident Electoral Commissioner.

“The three nominees for national commissioner are expected to replace national commissioners whose tenure would terminate in November 2020. Following these nominations, CSOs raised major constitutional issues with the nomination of Lauretta Onochie and requested the Senate to reject it forthwith.

“Surprisingly on Wednesday, 9th June 2021, eight months after her nomination, the Senate referred the name of Onochie along with other nominees to its committee on INEC for screening as INEC commissioners.

 “As CSOs working to support Nigeria’s journey towards democratic consolidation by promoting electoral integrity, we collectively demand that the Senate reject the nomination of Onochie as a national commissioner in INEC.

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