The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the nomination of the Special Assistant to the President on Social media, Lauretta Onochie as national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission representing Delta State.
The party in a statement by its National publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan asked Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, withdraw Onochie’s nomination on the basis of her affiliation with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“This nomination of his staff, Lauretta Onochie, as INEC national commissioner, supports the position of the PDP that his statements were mere glib talks on electoral sanctity and demonstrates that he has no plans whatsoever to leave a legacy of credible polls,” Ologbondiyan said about President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari had in a letter read on the floor of the Senate, by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday, requested for the confirmation of Onochie, who is currently his Special Assistant on social media, and three others as INEC national 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 Party immediately condemned the President for the nomination. They said with Onochie’s nomination, Buhari “has willfully gone against the constitution that he swore to uphold.”
They said, “Item F, paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) forbids a card-carrying member of a political party to be a member of INEC.
“The Minority Caucus of the Senate is against this nomination and calls on Mr President to withdraw it,” the lawmakers averred.