BREAKING: Senate screens Buhari’s aide Lauretta, others for INEC job

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The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission has started the
screening of the nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari as national commissioners of the electoral umpire.

The Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Ms Lauretta Onochie, is already in
the Senate waiting to be screened.

The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission has started the
screening of the nominees of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as
national commissioners of the electoral umpire.

The Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Ms Lauretta Onochie, is already in
the Senate waiting to be screened.

Recall that the Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, had in June sent the names of Onochie and 5 others to the Senate committee on INEC headed by Sen. Kabiru Gaya for screening and possible confirmation.

The development was met with heavy criticism by members of the opposition party and the political elite.

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on June 30 stormed the National Assembly to protest against the nomination of the Special Assistant to the President.

Popular critic and activist, Aisha Yesufu, also condemned the Senate’s move, saying, “Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner is as wrong as wrong can be. She is APC member. If this is allowed then expect Garba Shehu as INEC chairman”.

Former Senator Ben Murray-Bruce of Bayelsa State has kicked against the appointment.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission must be devoid of any political bias. Appointing persons like Lauretta Onochie, who is very politically partisan, will undermine INEC,” he had said.

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