Following her rejection by the Nigerian Senate, President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced Ms Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu.
Senate had rejected her on the grounds that her nomination violated the Federal Character principle.
Persecondnews.com recalls that Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as an INEC commissioner had triggered outrage with several well-meaning Nigerians and rights groups petitioning the Senate to outrightly reject her.
She was alleged to be a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress, and was therefore unfit for the INEC job.
Mbu, who was confirmed an INEC commissioner by the 8th Senate, hails from Delta State.
Buhari also nominated Ukeagu Kenneth Nnamdi (Abia – South East), Major General A. B. Alkali (rtd) – (Adamawa, North East), Engr. (Prof.) Rhoda H. Gumus (Bayelsa – South-South), Mr. Sam Olumekan (Ondo – South West) as National Commissioners of INEC.
Olaniyi Olaleye Ijalaye (Ondo – South West) was nominated as Resident Electoral Commissioner.
Buhari urged the Senate to confirm the nominees via a letter to the Upper Chamber.