Senate may reject Lauretta Onochie for INEC job

There were indications that the Senate may not confirm President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Ms. Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) representing Delta State.

Onochie’s nomination is among the top issues on the agenda of the Senate, as it plans to proceed on Sallah break and its annual vacation.

A senator, who spoke in confidence with The Nation on Onochie’s nomination and some other matters, said there were doubts about the possibility that she would be confirmed.

When told that it appeared the Senate had made up its mind to clear Onochie for the INEC job, he disagreed, saying: “Never mind all the stories they (the media) are writing. I doubt it.”

Onochie, who was nominated as one of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Commissioners by President Muhammadu Buhari, has been accused of lying under oath.

The Delta-born politician appeared before the Senator Kabir Gaya-led Committee on INEC on Thursday for screening.

Onochie, who is also Buhari’s aide on Social Media, and has a plethora of petitions against her nomination, told the panel that she had experience from her former place of work in the United Kingdom where she learnt to be liberal and non-partisan.

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