By Bashir Bello, Abuja.
Senator Lawal Yahaya Gumau, representing Bauchi South Senatorial District at the 9th Assembly has been giving reasons why there was a grand swell of opposition against the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as the a commissioner of Independence National Electoral Commission, INEC.
It could be recalled that President Muhammad Buhari had nominated his senior special assistant on social media as one of the INEC commissioner. However, many people have kicked against the nomination on the ground that Lauretta Onochie is a card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking further on the issue, the lawmaker revealed that the opposition to Onochie’s nomination came mainly from people for her state
” I counted more than 25 petitions against Lauretta Onochie which stemmed mainly from her state.
“Most of the petitioners claimed that Lauretta had in times past, insulted a lot of People’s Democratic Party officials and that she was involved in partisan politics.
“For these reasons, they said she is not eligible for the post of INEC commissioner
Senator Gumau further explained that based on the issues raised by the petitioners, he contacted many lawyers and got the brief that, the constitution stipulated that anyone who was a card carrying member of a particular before nomination as INEC Commissioner is not eligible to be considered. However, the constitution did not say that if a person relinquished such position afterwards should not be considered.
Therefore, Lauretta is qualified having relinquished her party membership before being nominated as commissioner.
He further added that
“I have not seen, I have not met before in my life except for viewing her through Facebook but I am constrained to intervene following the ground swell of opposition