Senate rejects Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner

Nomination of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been rejected by the Nigerian senate. 

The decision was taken on Tuesday July 13 as the senate resumed its sitting. It came after a report by the senate committee on INEC, in which it was stated that her nomination breached federal character principle was considered. 

Chairman of the Committee, Kabir Gaya who cited Section 14 (1) 3 of the constitution, pointed out that someone from her zone is already a commissioner.