Lauretta Onochie rejected by Senate

The Senate on Tuesday rejected Lauretta Onochie’s (Delta) candidacy and put Prof. Sani Muhammad Adam’s (North Central) nomination on hold pending further legislative action by the committee.

This came as it confirmed the appointment of five nominees to the Independent National Electoral Commission as Commissioners (INEC).

Following the assessment of a report by the Senate Committee on INEC, Onochie was rejected.

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Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South), the Committee’s Chairman, stated in his presentation that the Committee had received multiple petitions opposing Ms. Lauretta Onochie and Professor Sani Muhammad Adam’s nominations.

He revealed that the petitions against Lauretta Onochie stemmed from her political participation and purported membership in a political party.

He went on to say that her nomination breached the Federal Character Principle because the 8th Senate had already screened and confirmed a serving National Electoral Commissioner from Delta State, Barr. May Agbamuche-Mbu.

“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.

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