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Nigerian Senate rejects Laurettta Anochie as INEC Commissioner

Nigerian Senate rejects Laurettta Anochie as INEC Commissioner

Nigerian Senate on Tuesday has rejected the appointment of Ms Lauretta Onochie as the national INEC commissioner 
Laurretta Onochie

Lauretta Onochie, the former aid to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammed Buhari was rejected by the Senate on Tuesday, 13th of July, 2021 after she was appointed by the president to be the national commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The rejection of the former aid to the president by the Senate was sequel to the consideration of the report submitted by the INEC committee chairman, Mr.Kabiru, Gaya. According to the report, Ms Lauretta Onochie was disqualified based on Federal character principles. She was said to be a member of the ruling party, All Progressive Congress, APC and also a serving commissioner in her state of origin, Delta State.
Ms Onochie who is still serving in the office of the President as a Media aid was appointed by President Mohammed Buhari in October, 2020 as an INEC commissioner to represent her state of origin, Delta State. The controversial appointment has triggered a lot of criticism from Nigerians who are both at home and abroad as many believes we appointment into that exalted position is the workings of the ruling party to hijack the electoral process come 2023.

Many Nigerians called on the president to withdraw the nomination of Ms Onochie with immidate effect; as her appointment was described as corruption on the part of the President. 

Many believes Laurretta will be partisan and it will be highly undemocratic to appoint a member of the ruling party to the position of a National commissioner to the electoral umpire in the country. 

Although Ms Laurretta Onochie has repeatedly denied being a member of any party in Nigeria at the moment, but Nigerians seems not to be comfortable with her appointment to that position.

 The Senate went ahead to screen Ms Laurretta Onochie despite cries from every nook and cranny of the country against her appointment. During the screening, she told the Senate that she quit politics in 2019, immidiatly after the general election. Her claims turned out to be false.
I have seen and heard of so many petitions against me, but I stand for equity and fairness, she said.

Some civil society organisation wrote to the government of the federation over the appointment of Laurretta Onochie as an INEC national commissioner; in the letter, the organization condemned the move by the president, describing it as a shameful and dastardly act which is capable of jeopardizing the current fight against corruption by the President. 
The reason why people tends to hate me is that I follow due process in whatever I do, and that alone is enough for me.