In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 14th, October, 2020

“Lauretta Onochie Is Not Certified To Be An INEC Commissioner”

"Lauretta Onochie Is Not Qualified To Be An INEC Commissioner"

Falana

Femi Falana, Lauretta Onochie

Femi Falana, a  Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights activist has rebuked the actions of President Buhari after he nominated his aide, Lauretta Onochie as a member of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).

He described Lauretta Onochie as an “unrepentant member” of the APC  who has “constantly attacked members of different political events.

Falana additionally identified that one of many standards offered within the Structure to find out who’s match for the place is that nominated individuals should not be partisan.

The assertion reads in full;

“MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO BE INEC COMMISSIONERS

In view of the need of President Muhammadu Buhari to fill some vacancies within the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee it has turn out to be pertinent to attract the eye of the Council of State and the Senate to the next provisions of the Structure:

1. In appointing the members of the INEC the President is required to seek the advice of with the Council of State pursuant to part 154 (three) of the Structure;

2. Paragraph B of Half 1 of the third Schedule to the Structure supplies that “The Council of State shall have energy to advise the President within the train of his powers with respect to (iv) the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee together with the appointment of the members of the Fee.

three. Pursuant to part 154 (1) of the Structure, the appointment of the members of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee shall be topic to affirmation by the Senate;

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four. Paragraph 14 of Half 1 of the Third Schedule to the Structure as amended by Part 30, Act No 1 of 2010, a member of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee “shall be non-partisan”.


From the foregoing, it’s crystal clear card-carrying member of a registered political occasion or a well-known supporter of a selected political occasion is constitutionally disqualified from the membership of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee. As an unrepentant member of the ruling occasion Mrs Lauretta Onochie has constantly attacked members of different political events. To that extent, she is partisan and subsequently not certified to be a member of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee”.


 

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