The Senate has stated reasons for rejecting Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media (INEC).
Her nomination was rejected due to her partisanship and violation of the federal character principle, according to the statement.
On Tuesday, Ezrel Tabiowo, Special Assistant (Press) to the President of the Senate, issued a statement headed, “Senate confirms five nominations as INEC Commissioners, rejects Lauretta Onochie.”
Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South), the committee’s chairman, was quoted as claiming that the committee has received multiple petitions against her nomination.
“In the case of Ms. Lauretta Onochie’s, having studied her curriculum vitae and other relevant documents, followed by exhaustive interaction around the petitions against her nomination which she responded to accordingly, including attesting that she is not a registered member of any political party,” Gaya said.
According to the lawmaker, the Committee bound by the provisions of Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amendment) on Federal Character Principle, refused to recommend Onochie for confirmation.
“Therefore, based on the provisions of Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended) on Federal Character Principle as earlier stated, and in order for the Committee and the Senate to achieve fairness to other states and political zones in the country, the committee is unable to recommend Ms. Lauretta Onochie for confirmation as a National Electoral Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission,” he explained.