Presidency reaffirms faith in Onochie despite Senate rejection
Written by crest887fm on July 14, 2021
Despite the Senate’s rejection of the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Presidency on Tuesday reaffirmed its confidence in her.
A source within the Presidency told Newsmen that the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari, who made the nomination, had not chosen to withdraw it shows that he still has faith in the process and Onochie’s candidature remains viable has he still maintains his confidence in her.
Onochie’s nomination attracted public outcry because of her open partisanship and the fact that her appointment would have amounted to a breach of the federal character principle.
The Chairman of the Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South), had disclosed that the petitions against the Presidential aide were against the backdrop of her involvement in politics and alleged membership of a political party.
Attempts to get a response from the Special Assistant to the President of Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu to confirm if the President Might Re-present her to the senate were futile.