Senate President asks Panel to screen Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan has asked the committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to screen Lauretta Onochie, a presidential aide, as commissioner of the electoral body.

Lawan’s directive is coming eight months after President Muhammadu Buhari asked the upper legislative chamber to screen and confirm her. The president sent his request for her confirmation in October 2020.

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Many Nigerians condemned the nomination because they believe Onochie is partisan. She is a staunch member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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