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INEC: CSOs threaten le­gal ac­tion over Onochie’s nom­i­na­tion

- By Ab­bas Ji­moh Nigeria Politics · Nigeria News · U.S. News · Society · Discrimination · Politics · Civil Society · African Politics · Human Rights · Muhammadu Buhari · Abuja · Nigeria · Centre for Human Rights · Social Action

Lead­ing civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions (CSOs) in the coun­try have threat­ened le­gal ac­tion over the nom­i­na­tion of Ms Lau­rette Onochie as a com­mis­sioner in the INEC by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

The CSOs, at a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day in Abuja, said Pres­i­dent Buhari’s nom­i­na­tion of his aide as a com­mis­sioner of INEC was un­whole­some.

The Ex­ec­u­tive

Di­rec­tor,

Peer­ing Ad­vo­cacy and Ad­vance­ment Cen­tre, and Con­vener Say No Cam­paign Nige­ria, Ezenwa Nwagwu and the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Cen­tre for Trans­parency Ad­vo­cacy (CTA), Faith Nwadishi, who spoke on be­half of oth­ers, said if her nom­i­na­tion was not with­drawn, they would go to court.

“By this state­ment, we ap­peal and call on the pres­i­dent to with­draw this nom­i­na­tion with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and or in the al­ter­na­tive the civil so­ci­ety will take le­gal ac­tions to en­sure that this nom­i­na­tion is not con­firmed by the Se­nate of the Fed­eral Repub­lic.

“Whereas the 1999 Nige­ria Con­sti­tu­tion (As amended) in the 3rd sched­ule, part 2f, para­graph 14(b) pro­vides that Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion­ers of INEC, shall be non-par­ti­san and per­sons of un­ques­tion­able in­tegrity, who shall be nom­i­nated by the pres­i­dent.

“We are there­fore trou­bled that Lau­retta Onochie, a serv­ing aide of the pres­i­dent who openly sup­ports the pres­i­dent and his po­lit­i­cal party, has been nom­i­nated to the po­si­tion of Na­tional Com­mis­sioner of INEC.

“Any INEC na­tional com­mis­sioner should en­joy the trust and con­fi­dence of all par­ties con­cerned (rul­ing and op­po­si­tion). Ms Onochie failed this crit­i­cal test with her sev­eral open con­fronta­tions with op­po­si­tion el­e­ments through the me­dia,” they said.

Other sig­na­to­ries are Idayat

Has­san, Cen­tre for Democ­racy and De­vel­op­ment (CDD); Sam­son Itodo, Yi­aga Africa; Vi­vian Bello, So­cial Ac­tion; Olan­re­waju Si­raj, HEDA Re­source Cen­ter; Okechukwu Nwaguma, Rule of Law and Ac­count­abil­ity Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre (RULAAC); Zikir­ul­lahi Ibrahim, Re­source Cen­tre for Hu­man Rights and Civic Ed­u­ca­tion (CHRICED); Dr. Abi­ola Akiy­ode-Afo­labi, WARDC and Com­fort At­tah, Ashh Foun­da­tion, Bauchi among oth­ers.

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