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Senate rejects Onochie as INEC commissioner




The Senate, on Tuesday, rejected the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The Chairman of the Committee, Kabiru Gaya, in his report, said Onochie did not satisfy the provisions of the Federal Character Principles. While presenting the report on Tuesday, Gaya said Onochie was disqualified based on federal character principle, adding that there is a serving commissioner from Delta state where Onochie hails from.

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According to him, “In 2016, we confirmed a national commissioner from Delta state, Mrs. May Agbamuche, and confirming Onochie from the same Delta will violate the federal character.”

The Senate went ahead to confirm Muhammad Kallah, Kunle Ajayi, Saidu Ahmed, Baba Bila, and Abdullahi Zuru as INEC commissioners.



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