Buhari’s assistant, Lauretta Onochie, and others are being considered for appointment as INEC Commissioner by the Senate.

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, today requested that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Committee review Ms. Lauretta Onochie and five other candidates for INEC commissioners.

This comes eight months after President Muhammadu Buhari submitted the Senate a list of nominees.

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Senate interrupted the screening process, accusing Onochie, who is now a presidential spokesman, of unfairly casting aspersions on their party.

They also faulted the idea of making Onochie, a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress as an INEC Commissioner to represent Delta State on the board of the commission.

Other names on the list are, Prof. Muhammad Kallah (Katsina); Prof. Kunle Ajayi (Ekiti); Saidu Ahmad (Jigawa); Prof Sani Adam (North- Central); and Dr Baba Bila (North-East).

The Senate INEC panel, which has Senator Kabiru Gaya as Chairman, has four weeks to conclude the screening and report back to the red chamber at plenary.

 


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