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CAN Faults Onochie’s Nomination As INEC Commissioner

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BREAKING: Senate Rejects Onochie As INEC commissioner

Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has faulted the nomination of president Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie, as a Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Delta State.

CAN in a statement issued on Thursday by its President, Samson Ayokunle, said Buhari’s action was an executive recklessness, a dirty slap on the populace, and a gross violation of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The Christian umbrella body in the statement noted that the nomination of his personal aide to such a sensitive position may have revealed the type of electoral legacy the President is working on.

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The statement read; “CAN has been praying for God to grant him the grace to do so. But the nomination of his personal aide to such a sensitive position may have revealed the type of electoral legacy the President is working on. We hereby call on the Senate to reject the nomination of Lauretta Onochie.

“The nominee is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) but Section 156 (1) (a) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) Act No 1, 2010, states that a member of the INEC shall not be a member of a political party”.

CAN, thus stated that Onochie suffers objectivity, justice and fairness that are mandatory for every member of INEC.

“We are equally opposed to her nomination because of her unguarded remarks, public insults on credible individuals and the use of vulgar language and unprintable words against people who express their displeasure to some actions and policies of the government,” the statement added.

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