Senate Rejects Onochie, Approves 5 Other INEC Commissioners

After public outcry, the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday finally succumbed to public scrutiny as it rejected the nomination of Lauretta Onochie (Delta) and stood down that of Prof. Sani Muhammad Adam (North Central) for further legislative action by the committee.

Senate Rejects Lauretta Onochie, INEC Commissioners

The upper legislative chamber confirmed the appointment of five nominees as Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Onochie’s rejection followed the consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on INEC.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South), in his presentation, said the Committee received several petitions against the nominations of Ms. Lauretta Onochie and Professor Sani Muhammad Adam.

He disclosed that the petitions against Lauretta Onochie were against the backdrop that her involvement in politics and alleged membership of a political party, that is the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He explained further that her nomination violated the Federal Character Principle as there is already a serving National Electoral Commissioner from Delta State, Barr. May Agbamuche-Mbu who was screened and confirmed by the 8th Senate.

Those confirmed include Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru (North-West), Prof. Muhammad Sani Kallah (Katsina), Prof. Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti), Dr. Baba Bila (North-East), and Saidu Babura Ahmad (Jigawa).

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