CSOs Demand Immediate Withdrawal of Lauretta Onochie’s INEC nomination
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has called for an immediate withdrawal of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, as National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) representing the South-South.
A statement signed on Tuesday by its convener, Clement Nwankwo, while making a call to President Muhammadu Buhari expressed concern, owing to the fact that Onochie is a known partisan supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Should the President fail to withdraw this nomination the Nigerian Senate is hereby called upon to disregard her nomination without any consideration whatsoever. Situation Room is also calling on the Nigerian Senate to investigate all of the other nominations by the President especially as there are concerns that some of these nominations may have been by self-serving interests,” the statement read.
“Item F, paragraph 14 of the third schedule of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) forbids a partisan politician as a member of INEC – a body charged under the Constitution to unbiasedly conduct of free and fair elections. Her nomination amounts to a major attempt at undermining efforts to build credibility for an improved electoral process in the country,” it added.
The Situation Room is made up of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in support of credible and transparent elections in Nigeria and includes such groups as Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), CLEEN Foundation, Action Aid Nigeria, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) among other organisations.