OrderPaperToday – The Senate through its Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received a letter from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to a letter signed by Sen. Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri, the party’s national secretary, on Wednesday, the PDP rejected the nomination of Onochie.
The letter read in part: “The nomination which was read on the floor of the Senate and forwarded to the committee for screening has created a lot of misgivings in the court of public opinion and judgement.
“Our Party considers it as important to bring to the attention of your committee the fact that our duty is to let you know that the National Assembly must endeavour to do things right and in accordance with the dictates of the laws of the country.
“The Nigeria Constitution 1999 as amended clearly prohibits people like Mrs. Onochie, who is very partisan, in fact, a card carrying member of a political party to be appointed into INEC as an electoral umpire.
“Section 156(i)(a) and third schedule, Part 1, Item F, Paragraph 14(1) of the Constitution have out rightly disqualified her.
“We are, therefore, writing to ask the Chairman to save the Senate President, the Senate itself and Mr. President from being ridiculed.
“We call on your committee to reject the nomination of Mrs. Onochie because she cannot be neutral or independent as she is factually known to be an unrepentant card carrying member of the APC with uncountable number of proofs.
“Her confirmation will be a wholesome abuse of democratic tenets and dragging the reputation of the President and the Senate in the political mud.
“Please, don’t make an avoidable legislative and political mistake for the country.
“Kindly, accept the assurances of our highest consideration and esteem regard.”
Recall that Onochie was nominated for the position of INEC commissioner in October last year but the senate stayed action on the request for many months.
The upper chamber however decided to recently commence her screening for the top job.