Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has asked the Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to screen Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Social Media, and five other nominees as INEC commissioners.
The directive comes after President Buhari on October 13, 2020, wrote to the Senate to confirm Ms. Onochie.
Onochie’s nomination was faulted by many Nigerians including lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party.
They also faulted the idea of making Onochie, a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress as an INEC Commissioner to represent Delta State on the board of the commission.
Other names on the list are, Prof. Muhammad Kallah (Katsina); Prof. Kunle Ajayi (Ekiti); Saidu Ahmad (Jigawa); Prof Sani Adam (North- Central); and Dr Baba Bila (North-East).
The Senate INEC panel, which has Senator Kabiru Gaya as Chairman, has four weeks to conclude the screening and report back to the red chamber at plenary.