Particular Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie.
Former Chairman of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Attahiru Jega has suggested in opposition to the appointment of Lauretta Onochie as a commissioner of the electoral physique.
Jega throughout an interview on Channels Tv’s Politics Right this moment reacting to the appointment of the presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie as INEC Nationwide Commissioner, Jega stated the controversy trailing her nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari ought to have been prevented.
He referred to as on the lawmakers to use the legal guidelines concerning the difficulty, to be able to keep away from a state of affairs whereby elections she participates in could also be seen as being bias.
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“This type of controversy is absolutely avoidable. Any one that generated such an issue, the appointing authorities needs to be cautious since you don’t need to appoint anyone that may elevate suspicions or doubts or can result in a lack of belief of the electoral administration physique.
“I’m sorry to say that from a number of the paperwork that I’ve been privileged to see, each about her British citizenship and the very energetic participation in a political occasion up till 2019, you’ll attempt to keep away from appointing such folks into an electoral fee — as a result of it will possibly generate controversy.
“To be sincere, the president may also withdraw that nomination. In spite of everything, there are such a lot of girls with credibility, with capability, competence in each Delta and throughout Rivers, so why carry somebody that may generate controversy and lift suspicions in regards to the intention of the appointment,” Jega stated.
The nomination of Lauretta Onochie who at the moment serves as Senior Particular Assistant on New Media to President Buhari had elicited public criticism from the opposition Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) and civil society organizations who’re in opposition to her nomination on the grounds that she is an alleged card-carrying member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and isn’t correct to be appointed as an election officer.
Nonetheless, throughout her screening for the place earlier than the Senate, Onochie stated she will not be partisan. She admitted that she had seen the petitions in opposition to her which aren’t solely from the opposition but additionally from folks within the APC. She stated the opposition to her candidacy is as a result of she is thought to be non-partisan and somebody who insists on due course of and the appropriate factor to be finished.