JUST IN: Onochie Rejected By Senate As INEC Commissioner


The nomination of Lauretta Onochie as an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Commissioner, has been rejected by the Senate.

Her rejection has was necessitated by the enormous uproar which has followed her nomination, considering the fact that members of the opposition and civil society organisations belief that she still currently is a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

Among those who kicked against the appointment of Lauretta Onochie was the Ex INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega

“This kind of controversy is really avoidable. Any person who generated such a controversy, the appointing authorities should be careful because you don’t want to appoint anybody that can raise suspicions or doubts or can lead to a loss of trust of the electoral management body,” he said on Monday.

Recall that in October 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari had written to the Senate to approve the appointment of Onochie who currently is his media aide on Social Media, and three others as Commissioners of INEC.

Onochie, however during her screening last Thursday insisted that she is not a member of any political party. 

Meanwhile, she noted that has seen the petitions against her and noting that it was not just from opposition but also from member of the APC, because she is known to be someone who insists on due process.

According to her, she has not had anything to do with any political organisation since 2019 till date and did not take part in APC’s recent validation exercise.


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