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

PDP, Civil Society Teams Blast Buhari for Appointing Media Aide, Onochie As INEC Commissioner

PDP, Civil Society Groups Blast Buhari for Appointing Media Aide, Onochie As INEC Commissioner

Lauretta Onochie

Lauretta Onochie


President Muhammadu Buhari has been attacked by the opposition occasion, the Peoples Democratic Get together for nominating his media aide, Lauretta Onochie as a Nationwide Commissioner of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee representing Delta State.


The occasion accused Buhari of operating foul in opposition to the structure.


Additionally, civil society organisations, in addition to the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere requested have requested Buhari to instantly to withdraw the nomination of Onochie.


Recall that Buhari had in a letter learn on the ground of the Senate, by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday, requested for the affirmation of Onochie, who’s at present his Particular Assistant on social media, and three others as INEC nationwide commissioners.


The three nominees are: Prof. Muhammad Sani Kallah (Katsina); Prof. Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti); and Saidu Babura Ahmad (Jigawa).


Senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Get together in a press release quickly afterwards, berated the president for nominating. They stated along with her nomination, Buhari “has willfully gone in opposition to the structure that he swore to uphold.”


A part of the assertion learn, “Merchandise F, paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Structure (as amended) forbids a card-carrying member of a political occasion to be a member of INEC.

“The Minority Caucus of the Senate is in opposition to this nomination and name on Mr. President to withdraw it.”


Additionally, the Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan in a press convention, in Abuja, stated  “This nomination of his private workers, Lauretta Onchie, as INEC nationwide commissioner, helps the place of the PDP that his statements have been mere glib talks on electoral sanctity and clearly demonstrates that he has no plans by any means to depart a legacy of credible polls.”


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Equally, the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere and over 16 civil society teams outrightly rejected Onochie’s nomination describing it as an affront on the collective sensibilities of Nigerian.


Whereas Afenifere stated Onochie’s nomination “would mark the ultimate conquest of the nation and the start of the top of INEC,” the CSOs known as on the President to “withdraw this nomination with rapid impact and within the various name on the Senate to behave as gatekeepers by not confirming this appointment.”


The Nationwide Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, in an interview with THE PUNCH stated, “It’s the peak of insensitivity and provocation by Buhari to convey a partisan fundamentalist as a (Nationwide) Commissioner of INEC. If Nigerians don’t resist and reject it, it will mark the ultimate conquest of the nation and the start of the top of INEC and electoral democracy. Appointing her can solely occur in a failed nation.”


A number of CSOs together with the Centre for Transparency Advocacy, the Say No Marketing campaign amongst a number of others in a joint assertion issued in Abuja stated “We utterly reject this nomination, which doesn’t sit properly within the latest positive factors of the electoral system within the nation.”


The Director of the Centre for Democracy and Improvement, Idayat Hassan in an interview with THE PUNCH stated “I need to cry over the nomination. Onochie nomination for me is reversing the video games made within the final years. We utterly reject the nomination of Lauretta Onoche as INEC Nationwide Commissioner.


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“Onoche is unqualified as she shows partisan loyalty however she has additionally been a proponent of pretend information throughout elections.”


Equally, the NCSSR, a coalition of over 70 civil society teams, known as on the President, Main Normal Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to instantly withdraw Onochie’s nomination.


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