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Jega opposes Onochie as INEC commission­er

- Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

Aformer Chairman of the Independen­t National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, has warned the Senate against confirming the appointmen­t of a presidenti­al aide, Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commission­er of the Independen­t National Electoral Commission to avoid controvers­y.

Jega also said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), could withdraw Onochie’s nomination and replace her with another female from her state, noting that there are many other eligible women for the job.

The former INEC boss said this while featuring on Sunday Politics, a current affairs programme on Channels Television, on Sunday night.

Onochie had on Thursday during her screening by the Senate Committee on INEC, denied being a member of the All Progressiv­es Congress since 2019.

But Jega said, “This kind of controvers­y is really avoidable. Any person who generated such a controvers­y; the appointing authoritie­s should be careful because you don’t want to appoint anybody that can raise suspicions or doubts or can lead to a loss of trust of the electoral management body.

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