Daily Trust

Onochie, oth­ers: Se­nate yet to act on Buhari's re­quest …refers FERMA nom­i­nees to c’ttee

- By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau Nigeria Politics · Nigeria News · US Elections · U.S. News · White-collar Crime · Politics · Elections · African Politics · Crime · Muhammadu Buhari · Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria · People’s Democratic Party (Nigeria) · US Politics

The Se­nate is yet to com­mence leg­isla­tive ac­tion on Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari's re­quest to con­firm four nom­i­nees for ap­point­ment as In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) com­mis­sion­ers, Daily Trust re­ports.

Buhari had on Tues­day nom­i­nated his aide on So­cial Me­dia, Lau­retta Onochie (Delta), Prof. Muham­mad Sani Kal­lah (Katsina) and Prof. Kunle Cor­nelius Ajayi (Ek­iti) as na­tional com­mis­sion­ers of INEC. He also nom­i­nated Saidu Babura Ah­mad as Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner (Ji­gawa).

How­ever, thun­der­ous out­rage has been trail­ing the nom­i­na­tion of Onochie as the lead­ing op­po­si­tion party, PDP, and CSOs al­leged that she is a card-car­ry­ing mem­ber of the APC. The rul­ing party, how­ever, coun­tered it, say­ing she has not con­tested for any elec­tion un­der it.

At ple­nary, yes­ter­day, the Se­nate only acted on the pres­i­dent’s re­quest for the con­fir­ma­tion of the ap­point­ment of three ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors of the Board of the Fed­eral Roads Main­te­nance Agency (FERMA). The let­ter for the con­fir­ma­tion of FERMA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors was read the same day as that of the INEC com­mis­sioner nom­i­nees.

As is cus­tom­ary, af­ter the pres­i­dent's let­ter seek­ing con­fir­ma­tion of nom­i­nees is read on the floor of the Se­nate, the re­quest will be re­ferred to the rel­e­vant com­mit­tees on the next leg­isla­tive day for fur­ther ac­tion.

How­ever, while the names of the FERMA nom­i­nees were re­ferred to the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on FERMA for screening, no ac­tion was taken on those of the INEC.

Con­tacted, the spokesper­son of the Se­nate, Se­na­tor Aji­bola Basiru, said the INEC com­mis­sioner nom­i­nees would be re­ferred to the rel­e­vant com­mit­tee when the mat­ter is listed on the Se­nate or­der pa­per.

Mean­while, the Se­nate, yes­ter­day, con­firmed the nom­i­na­tion of Dr Chuk­wue­meka Chukwu for ap­point­ment as REC, rep­re­sent­ing Abia State in the INEC.

The con­fir­ma­tion fol­lowed the con­sid­er­a­tion of the report of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on INEC, chaired by Se­na­tor Kabiru Gaya (Kano South).

He said no pe­ti­tion or in­crim­i­nat­ing re­ports were re­ceived against the nom­i­nee and that he was not af­fil­i­ated to any po­lit­i­cal party or par­tic­i­pated in any po­lit­i­cal rally or cam­paign.

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