The Senate on Tuesday turned down the nomination of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu on social media, Lauretta Onochie, for the post of a National Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A committee report of the Senate hinged the rejection on her ineligibility for the position.
Reading his report, Chairman Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, explained that Onochie’s nomination was in breach of the principle of Federal Character Commission, enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.
Gaya noted that Delta State, which she was supposed to represent, has been adequately represented by May Agbamuche-Mbu, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Legal Services.
Agbamuche-Mbu is also from Delta State as Onochie.
Onochie’s nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari had been beset by controversies as her membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stood as a formidable obstacle, aside her state of origin.