Senate Minority Caucus Rejects Buhari’s INEC Nominee, Lauretta Onochie


The Senate Minority Caucus has rejected the nomination of the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie as National Electoral Commissioner for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), citing her as a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress.

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe in a statement released to journalists, said by nominating his aide, President Buhari has “willfully gone against the constitution”.

Abaribe said, “President Buhari by nominating Loretta Onochie has willfully gone against the constitution that he swore to uphold.

“Item F, paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) forbids a card carrying member of a political party to be a member of INEC.

“The Minority Caucus of the Senate is against this nomination and calls on Mr President to withdraw it.”

Buhari had written the Senate seeking the confirmation of Onochie and three others for INEC job.

Other nominees are Prof. Muhammad Sani Kallah (National Electoral Commissioner), Katsina; Prof. Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (National Electoral Commissioner), Ekiti; and Saidu Babura Ahmad (Resident Electoral Commissioner), Jigawa.

The president’s letter dated 12th October, 2020, was read at the Senate’s plenary session on Tuesday.