APC to senate: Ignore PDP’s ‘Selective Criticism’ of Lauretta Onochie’s INEC Appointment
NEWSMAN, Abuja – All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of his presidential aide Lauretta Onochie as a National Electoral Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),
A statement signed by the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, noted that Lauretta Onochie’s appointment has been subject to rash, subjective, misplaced and selective criticism by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and interest groups.
APC while asking the Senate to ignore what it described as ‘selective criticism’ against the INEC appointment of Lauretta Onochie, went on to challenge “the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to point to any of its defunct 16-year administrations that defended and guaranteed the Executive arm of government’s non-interference in INEC’s operation and the true independence of the electoral commission as President Buhari’s government has done.”
The ruling party said, “perhaps the PDP needs to be reminded that one of its card-carrying members, Dr. Johnson Alalibo is the current Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC). Alalibo who was also a former Deputy Whip in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly has been an electoral asset to the PDP but that is an issue to be addressed another day.”
“Since public service now equates ‘partisanship’ we invite
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to equally fault appointment of Prof.
Mahmood Yakubu, the current INEC Chairman who was the immediate-past Executive
Secretary of the government’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) as well
as the earlier stated Dr. Johnson Alalibo,” the statement read.
“We equally invite the PDP to query the ‘unquestionable integrity’ of brazen PDP apologists such as Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC; Mike Igini, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Akwa Ibom State, among others,” it added