CSOs kick against Onochie’s appointment as INEC’s commissioner.

Written by on June 24, 2021

A consortium of Civil Society Organisations yesterday asked the Senate to reject the nomination of an aide to President General Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission.

They also called on the President to withdraw Onochie’s nomination in public interest.

The organisations warned that her appointment would undermine citizens’ confidence in INEC and increase mistrust in the commission.

The organisations include YIAGA Africa, Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centre in Africa, International Press Centre, Institute for Media and Society, The Albino Foundation, Centre for Citizens with Disability, Nigerian Women Trust Fund, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, Centre for Democracy and Development and CLEEN Foundation.

Addressing a joint press conference in Abuja, a board member, YIAGA Africa, Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, said Onochie’s appointment would also jeopardise the trust of other political parties in the commission.

Nwagwu added that Onochie is not qualified to be appointed as INEC’s National Commissioner based on the fact that she is a British citizen, thus falling short of the constitutional requirements for being appointed to that position as stated in Sections 156(1a) and 66(1a) of the 1999 Constitution.

Credit: Punch

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