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BREAKING: Senate Rejects Onochie As INEC Commissioner, Gives Unexpected Reason


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 The Senate has rejected Lauretta Onochie's nomination as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 



Daily Trust reported that Onochie was rejected following the consideration of the report of the Committee on INEC, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano). The Senate has rejected Lauretta Onochie's nomination as an INEC national commissioner. 



 The panel recommended Onochie’s disqualification as INEC National Commissioner because her nomination is allegedly in violation of Section 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution on the Principle of Federal Character. READ ALSO FCMB announces appointment of Yemisi Edun as new managing director and successor to Adam Nuru.



The committee explained that there is currently a serving commissioner from Delta state, where Onochie hails from. The Punch also reported that the Senate at the committee of the whole voted against Onochie's nomination.  


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Contrary to the reason given by the lawmakers, many Nigerians and the opposition parties had rejected Onochie's nomination based on the ground that she is involved in partisan politics. The Senate also stood down the approval of Professor Sani Mohammed Adam till further legislative action. 


Earlier, Professor Attahiru Jega, a former INEC chairman had warned the Senate against confirming the appointment of the presidential aide, Onochie, as a national commissioner of the electoral body to avoid controversy. Jega also said President Muhammadu Buhari could withdraw Onochie’s nomination and replace her with another female from her state. 






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