The Northern Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has warned against the imposition of Lauretta Onochie, Senior Special Assistant on New Media to the President as a commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In its statement on Thursday, the northern group stated that Onochie’s nomination contravenes the provisions of the constitution and as such, her nomination for the post is unconstitutional.
“As a partisan politician, we have available evidence to prove that Ms Lauretta’s appointment violates Section 14(2a) of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended which states that a member of the commission shall be non-partisan and a person of unquestionable integrity,” the statement signed by the group’s President and spokesman for the group, Abubakar Isah and Mock Samuel Kure respectively, read.
The group opined that there are other better competent people in Delta State asides Onochie that can occupy the position.
“She is not the only competent person in Delta State that must be forced on the throat of Nigerians. If Mr President cannot do without her, he is free to appoint her into any MDAs of his choice,” the statement added.
Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari submitted Onochie’s name along with five others to the Senate for confirmation as INEC commissioners. The Onochie was immediately rejected by Nigerians over the arguments that her loyalty to the commission cannot be guaranteed considering she is an aide to the president and also a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
But despite the criticism, the Senate revisited the list on Wednesday and directed the chamber’s committee on INEC to commence screening of the nominees for possible confirmation.