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Senate Rejects Buhari’s Nominee Lauretta Onochie As INEC Commissioner

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider the nomination of Lauretta Onochie, his Senior Special Assistant on Social Media, as a Comissioner of the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

Laurette Onochie, whose appointment as INEC Commissioner representing the South-South, by the president, generated public outcry within the week, with many saying she is unqualified and unfit for the role as a card carrying member of the ruling All Progressives Congresss (APC).

In a memo which was seen by NigerianDaily, the senate expressed reservations in Onochie’s appointments as an INEC Commissioner, while also citing that her nomination is unconstitutional, considering her position as a card carrying member of the APC.