PDP PROTESTS: ONOCHIE’S NOMINATION SHOULD BE REJECTED – The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus led a number of the party members in a protest march to the National Assembly on Wednesday June 30, 2021; demanding that the nomination of the Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), representing Delta State, be rejected.
The protest accompanied a petition signed by the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri and addressed to the Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC. The letter which was titled: “Rejection of the Nomination of Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner” stated that the appointment of the Special Assistant was against the constitution of the nation.
The petition read: “The Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended) clearly prohibits people like Mrs. Onochie, who is very partisan, in fact, a card carrying member of a political party to be appointed into INEC as an electoral umpire.
“Section 156(i)(a) and third schedule, Part 1, Item F, Paragraph 14(1) of the Constitution have out rightly disqualified her.
“We are, therefore, writing to ask the Chairman to save the Senate President, the Senate itself and Mr. President from being ridiculed. “Our Party considers it as important to bring to the attention of your committee the fact that our duty is to let you know that the National Assembly must endeavor to do things right and in accordance with the dictates of the laws of the country.
“We call on your committee to reject the nomination of Mrs. Onochie because she cannot be neutral or independent as she is factually known to be an unrepentant card carrying member of the APC with uncountable number of proofs.
“Her confirmation will be a wholesome abuse of democratic tenets and dragging the reputation of the President and the Senate in the political mud.
“Please, don’t make an avoidable legislative and political mistake for the country.”