The Nigerian Senate has declined the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as National commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The nomination of the Special Assistant to President Buhari on social media, was rejected following the recommendations of the Senate committee on INEC in a report presented by the committee’s Chairman, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim.
According to the report, approving her nomination goes against the country’s Federal Character Principles and as such should be denied.
The candidacy of Ms Onochie for the INEC job had generated so much controversy even before she appeared for screening last week.
She dominated news discussions afterwards for denying to be a member of any political party, including the APC.
Days after, evidence emerged suggesting that Ms Onochie may be on the register of the APC in Delta state.
The nomination of another nominee, Sani Muhammad Musa, was stepped down until further legislative action is taken by the committee within 2 weeks.
The Senate Approved the nomination of five other candidates who met all requirements for their confirmation.