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Onochie can function elsewhere for Nigeria – Situation Room

- Friday Olokor, Abuja

Acoalition of over 70 human rights organisati­ons under the aegis of Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room on Wednesday said the rejection of the confirmati­on of Lauretta Onochie as a National Commission­er representi­ng Delta State was respect for rule of law.

“There are other qualified indigenes of Delta Stet that would fit into the position as INEC commission­er; so, the Presidency should present another person.

The CSOS are not against the person of Onochie because she is a Nigerian, but because she can function elsewhere for Nigeria”, the Convener of NCSSR, Ene Obi, said during a press conference in Abuja.

While commending the National Assembly on the decision, the organisati­on said the President, Major General Muhamamadu Buhari (retd.), should nominate a qualified and non-partisan woman to replace Onochie.

Obi said, “Situation Room lauds the Senate’s decision to uphold the Federal Character Principle enshrined in section 14(3) of the 1999 Nigerian Constituti­on and its adherence to the voice of Nigerians by rejecting Onochie’s nomination.”

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