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PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by dre11(m): 7:03am On Jun 10
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday rallied its members in the Senate to block the confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie, as a national commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party’s renewed opposition to Onochie’s nomination came as the Senate began the process of confirming her, along with other nominees, for the positions.

Buhari, in a letter dated October 12, 2020, had sought the Senate’s confirmation for the nominations of Onochie and five other nominees.

Criticisms had trailed the nomination of Onochie, who hails from Delta State, on the grounds of her being a registered member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in violation of Section 14(2a) of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, states that “a member of the commission shall be non-partisan and a person of unquestionable integrity.”


The Senate had stepped down the consideration of the request following the outrage generated by the inclusion of Onochie on the list.

Opposition parties and civil society organisations had argued that her nomination breached the constitution given her political affiliation.

But at yesterday’s plenary, the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, read the executive communication, saying the confirmation request was made by the president in accordance with paragraph 14 Part I(F) of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

Besides Onochie, others being screened are Professor Muhammad Sani Kallah (Katsina), Prof. Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti), Saidu Babura Ahmad (Jigawa), Prof. Sani Muhammad Adam (North-Central) and Dr. Baba Bila (North-East).

Shortly after the executive communication was read, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, rose to challenge the nomination of Onochie.

He said: “Mr. President, in seconding this motion, we have dealt with this matter of the nomination of Lauretta Onochie. So, we feel surprised that the same name has resurfaced no longer as a national commissioner, but as a Delta State commissioner.


“Mr. President, reluctantly, I second the motion that these nominations be referred to the relevant committee for action and we shall meet in Philippi.”

Responding to Abaribe’s observation, Lawan, said: “The nominees are not stated resident electoral commissioners; they are national commissioners. And there was no change of request; so they are not resident electoral commissioners”.

Lawan later referred the president’s request to the Committee on INEC, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya, to screen the nominees and report back to the Senate in two weeks


However, reacting to the Senate’s decision to screen the nominees, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was a shame that the APC-led government would nominate a card-carrying member of a political party as a national commissioner of INEC.

He said the nomination of Onochie breached the establishment act of INEC that states that no political party card-carrying member should be appointed as a national commissioner.

Ologbondiyan said: “Our position is clear, we call on all our members, particularly the senators and the House of Representatives members, to ensure that Lauretta Onochei is not confirmed as an INEC commissioner


“Our position is predicated on the fact that Onochie is a card-carrying member of the APC. And as such, she cannot be an electoral umpire.

“The way the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is doing, they have shown that they have no modicum of shame when it comes to electoral issues. How can President Buhari nominate Onochie who is a card-carrying member of the party, APC as a member of INEC to become a national commissioner?

“She is a card-carrying member, a registered member of APC as an umpire to serve in INEC in the 2023 general election. what are they telling us? Are they telling us that there would be no election in 2023? Or that it would be as they did in 2019 when they just write numbers and results?”

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2021/06/10/pdp-mobilises-senators-to-block-buharis-aides-confirmation-as-inec-commissioner/

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Amotolongbo(f): 7:05am On Jun 10
I wonder what PDP is doing as the major opposition party if it can’t successfully block the appointment of Lauretta Onochie from being appointed as Inec Commissioner.

Well, many of the legislators aren’t party loyalists and have been bought with money. Ready to port to the other side at any time

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Kuceeh: 7:09am On Jun 10
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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by OnionBandit(f): 7:12am On Jun 10
Only if they want to bring in senators from Cameroon to make the numbers

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by wealthgoddess: 7:20am On Jun 10
Is this really democracy? With that kind of woman how can we be assured of free and fair elections??

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Cubalabloo(m): 7:22am On Jun 10
Chai, that lifeless dullard is a criminal. He wants to terrorise our electorate to it's final doom.

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by donbachi(m): 7:31am On Jun 10
She ranted her way into stardom...na now her ranting go increase.She go even forget herself and rant against her boss.

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by UstazAhmed(m): 7:32am On Jun 10
PDP is a dead party. They are clutching on dry straws

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by UstazAhmed(m): 7:33am On Jun 10
Cubalabloo:
Chai, that lifeless dullard is a criminal. He wants to terrorise our electorate to it's final doom.
Stop insulting your president, you are embarrassing your nation

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Cubalabloo(m): 7:36am On Jun 10
UstazAhmed:

Stop insulting your president, you are embarrassing your nation
If only i voted 4 him. He can never be my president.

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by SIRAO(m): 8:21am On Jun 10
Cubalabloo:
If only i voted 4 him. He can never be my president.
Don't mind the fool insulting himself thinking he was insulting the president.

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Racoon(m): 8:22am On Jun 10
Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner? What is Buhari and APC smoking? What are Nigerians thinking? This will be another ill decision of this cursed government.

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by OakConsultNG: 8:52am On Jun 10
Okay then..
Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by yeyeboi(m): 8:52am On Jun 10
Ok
Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by nairavsdollars(f): 8:52am On Jun 10
INEC is finished if that woman is made Commissioner

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Patrioticman007(m): 8:53am On Jun 10
Okoro blocking Okoro's progress since 1960, but will be quick to blame the north, for their failures.

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by reiddecuti: 8:54am On Jun 10
Seriously, this man wants to bury this country b4 he's done by 2023.

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by PStacks(m): 8:54am On Jun 10
Moraly and ethically wrong for Lauretta to ever be an INEC Observer sef not to talk Commissioner

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Cryptodegen: 8:55am On Jun 10
Good move

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Starships4u(m): 8:56am On Jun 10
I thought they already cancelled this her nomination?

Day by day, these APC guys keep teaching the PDP guys how dirty POLITICS can get.
The PDP keeps biting their fingers on how they could have played their own game and damned the consequences.

At the end of the day, the next government would do worst than the present.

God help US.

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Minjim: 8:59am On Jun 10
I'm an APC by certain reasons not because of Buhari or Tinubu.
To me, this is absurd. The FG should sober up and not be intoxicated by power or the support of the illiterates in the North

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by KINGSCOURT05: 8:59am On Jun 10
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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Rugaria: 9:01am On Jun 10
This tragedy is in the news because Buhari is so daft to appoint his aid, an openly pro APC running mouth as INEC resident electoral commissioner. Had it been she was lying low all along but still harbors the kind of vindictive rage against opposition parties/groups, the senate would have told her to "take a bow"... This should frighten people who still believe in this nonsense of a system. I also hope that those who always tell agitators to keep shut and get their voters card ready to make changes, will now learn to keep shut themselves! Obviously there is nothing independent about an electoral commission flooded with the aids and gang members of a runway tyrant..

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by okotv(m): 9:01am On Jun 10
The only issue I have here is that only two of those nominated are from the south yet we want to bring down one then tomorrow we shout about marginalisation. We need to be circumspect in our dealings. Let the necessary bodies do their work though. We watch.

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by Alex80s(m): 9:03am On Jun 10
Amotolongbo:
I wonder what PDP is doing as the major opposition party if it can’t successfully block the appointment of Lauretta Onochie from being appointed as Inec Commissioner.

Well, many of the legislators aren’t party loyalists and have been bought with money. Ready to port to the other side at any time

It's not easy Bro. No be village meeting wey if you overturn the table and break bottles some will take off ...

The Senate president has the final say.

The opposition is always in a situation where what is being adopted or passed into law isn't good, but they can't do anything hence stooge Lawan is there. That's there condition in the National Assembly.

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by SocialJustice: 9:06am On Jun 10
wealthgoddess:
Is this really democracy? With that kind of woman how can we be assured of free and fair elections??
Has Nigeria ever had a free and fair election since 1999?

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Re: PDP Mobilises Senators To Block Lauretta Onochie's Appointment by LibertyRep: 9:08am On Jun 10
The tragedy of this Buhari regime isn't the executive, it's the National Assembly who have worn the garb of rubber stamp with pride.

If Lawan lead NASS has a fraction of the gut Saraki exudes, Buhari and those dropping his name would have been mindful of what they force down our throats.

Imagine a presidential aide, a card carrying member of a political party as a top member of the electoral umpire in an election her party partakes in.

Should an independent NASS even consider this nomination at all?

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