A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega has asked the appointing authorities to reject nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of INEC.
He said this while speaking on the controversy over Onochie’s nomination on Sunday Politics, a Channels Television programme.
He said, “This kind of controversy is really avoidable. Any person who generated such a controversy, the appointing authorities should be careful because you don’t want to appoint anybody that can raise suspicions or doubts or can lead to a loss of trust of the electoral management body.”
He added that the president could withdraw Onochie’s nomination and replace her with another female from her state.
Onochie who was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari, was among those screened at the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly on Thursday.
Her nomination as INEC National Commissioner had sparked outrage from civil society groups, opposition political parties and even within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), arguing that she is “too partisan” to be a commissioner in an institution like INEC.
However, President Buhari has refused to withdraw her appointment despite the outcry from all angles.