The Peoples Democratic Party says Senate’s rejection of the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner with the Independent National Electoral Commission is victory for democracy and for Nigerians.
The opposition party also said the rejection of Onochie saved Nigeria from serious crisis that may befall the country in the 2023 general elections.
The PDP’s reaction was contained in a statement titled, ‘INEC: Onochie’s Rejection At Senate Is Victory For Nigerians, Democracy- PDP’ and signed by National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Blaze Newz had earlier reported that the Senate on Tuesday okayed five INEC National Commissioners but rejected Onochie and suspended the confirmation of another nominee, Prof. Sani Adam (North Central).
The nominees of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), who were confirmed were, Prof. Muhammad Kallah (Katsina); Prof. Kunle Ajayi (Ekiti); and Saidu Ahmad (Jigawa), Baba Bila (North East) and Abdullahi Zuru (North-West).
The upper chamber said it rejected Onochie, who is an aide to the President on new media, because her nomination did not satisfied Section 14 (1)3 which bordered on the federal character principles.
Reacting, the PDP described the rejection “as the triumph of the Nigerian people over the barefaced attempt by the Buhari led-APC administration to corrupt and hijack the commission ahead of 2023 elections”.
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