Muhammadu Buhari has finally foreclosed the appointment of his Senior Adviser on social media, Lauretta Onochie, as a Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This follows the letter he wrote to the Senate seeking to confirm the nomination of some National Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioners to replace the outgoing ones.
President Buhari’s nomination of May Agbamuche Mbu as INEC commissioner representing Delta state effectively sealed the fate of Lauretta Onochie, who he nominated for the same position.
This was after the Senate rejected her nomination on the grounds that it flouted the principle of federal character.
Onochie was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in October 2020 as an INEC commissioner to represent Delta State.
The appointment generated a public outcry from individuals, groups, and opposition parties who wrote petitions staged protests and called on the Senate to reject it.
But in the latest development, Senate President Ahmad Lawan read Buhari’s letter during Tuesday’s plenary session.
The nominees are Malam Mohammed Haruna from Niger State as the North Central – National Commissioner.
They also include May Agbamuche Mbu, Delta State, National Commissioner; and Okeagu Kenneth Nnamdi, Abia State, South East National Commissioner.
Also appointed are Major General A.B. Alkali (retd.) – Adamawa State, North East, National Commissioner; Professor Rada H. Gumus, Bayelsa State, South-South, National Commissioner; Mr Sam Olumeku, Ondo State, South West, National Commissioner; and Olaniyi Olaleye Ijalaye, Ondo State, South West (Resident Electoral Commissioner.)