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PDP stages protest against Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as INEC commissioner at NASS


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THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday stormed the National Assembly to protest against the nomination of Lauretta Onochie by President Muhammadu Buhari as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) representing the South-South.

Led by its National Chairman Uche Secondus, members of the party stormed the National Assembly Complex, demanding that Onochie’s nomination be rejected.

Secondus insisted that Onochie’s nomination contravened provisions of the constitution which forbade the nomination of card-carrying members of political offices for the office.

“We are here protesting today to make the final point of total rejection of Lauretta Onochie, that she must be totally rejected by the Senate and National Assembly, she is partisan.

“We don’t need INEC to be polluted. If she’s cleared, then she will be representing one party called APC (All Progressives Congress) and that can cause a lot of problems for our country,” Secondus said.

Onochie, who is a card-carrying member of the ruling APC and a spokesperson of the president, was nominated alongside five other persons in October 2020.

Her nomination has been opposed by civil society organisations, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and several Nigerians on social media.

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Eight months after Onochie’s nomination, Senate President Ahmad Lawan has asked the Senate Committee on INEC to commence the process for her confirmation.

Vincent Ufuoma is a reporter with The ICIR. He is a lover of God, truth, knowledge and justice.

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