Senate Moves to Confirm Onochie, 5 Others as INEC Commissioners
The Senate has commenced a move to confirm President Muhammadu Buhari’s social media aide, Lauretta Onochie, and five others as national commisioners in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Onochie alongside others were nominated and forwarded to the Senate eight months ago without any further action by the latter.
The nomination was sent to the Senate on October 12, 2020 but was not acted upon owing to partisanship concern.
Presenting an executive communication at plenary on Wednesday, the leader of the Senate, Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North) asked the Senate to consider the request of President Buhari on the confirmations of the nominees as commissioners of INEC in accordance with paragraph 14 part I(F) of the third schedule to the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended.
Other nominees are Prof Muhammad Sani Kallah (Commissioner, Katsina); Prof Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Commissioner, Ekiti); Said Babura Ahmad (Commissioner, Jigawa); Prof Sani Muhammad Adam (Commissioner, North-Central) and Dr Baba Bills (Commissioner, North-East) while Onochie will represent Delta State.
But before seconding the motion raised by the Senate leader, the Minority leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, raised concerns about Buhari’s aide, Onochie, who is a card-carrying member of the ruling APC.
Abaribe specifically Onochie had been rejected but added that they will meet at the committee hearing level.
“She was rejected but her name have been repacked and has resurface as Commissioner from Delta State,” Abaribe said.
Speaking, the Senate president Ahmad Lawan, said all the nominees are national commissioner-nominees, adding that there is no change of request from the president.
“The request is hereby referred to the committee on INEC to report back in two weeks,” Lawan ruled.
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