The Senate on Tuesday explained why it bowed to public outcry against the confirmation of Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner for Delta State.
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President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated Ms Onochie in October 2020 but many Nigerians criticised the move.
According to critics, Ms Onochie was a member of the All Progressives Congress and an aide to President Buhari.
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In its decision to reject Onochie’s nomination, the Senators said it had received several petitions against Onochie.
Also, nominating her would contravene the Federal Character Principle, the Senators said, according to a statement signed by Ezrel Tabiowo, a spokesperson to the Senate President.
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Meanwhile, the Senate confirmed five other nominees as INEC Commissioners.
Those confirmed include Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru (North-West), Prof. Muhammad Sani Kallah (Katsina), Prof. Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti), Dr. Baba Bila (North-East), and Saidu Babura Ahmad (Jigawa).
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