President Muhammadu Buhari has been given two weeks to withdraw the nomination of his aide, Lauretta Onochie, as a Commissioner of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, or be ready to defend it in court docket.
A senior lawyer and 2023 presidential hope, Olusegun Bamgbose, described the nomination as actually unlucky, including that some so-called leaders had misplaced contact with the beliefs of democracy and good governance.
President Buhari had just lately submitted to the higher legislative chamber, a listing of three nominees with Onochie as one of many Commissioners.
“It’s most unlucky that our leaders, who took oath to defend our Structure, at the moment are desecrating it.
“The Structure is unambiguous as to the calibre of individuals to be nominated as INEC Commissioner,” the New Nigerian Peoples Occasion, NNPP chieftain mentioned in a chat with DAILY POST on Saturday.
“The particular person have to be non-partisan, that means she or he shouldn’t be a card carrying member of any political celebration in Nigeria.
“Onochie is a card carrying member of APC. It’s pathetic and really disheartening, that some APC members alleged that PDP members are also working with INEC, does two wrongs make a proper? Does that now legalize their illegality?
“That is little question a porous and watery defence. Her nomination is a misnomer. It’s an abuse of the Supreme regulation of the land.
“President Buhari ought to cease insulting the sensibilities of Nigerians. We’re giving him two weeks to withdraw her nomination, or we will don’t have any possibility than to go for the court docket, to declare unlawful the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as INEC electoral commissioner.
“This nomination can’t stand. We’ll equally urge the Higher Chambers to outrightly reject her nomination, if not, the Court docket can be subsequent possibility. This outright illegality received’t be allowed to go unchallenged.
“Onochie is well-known to be a powerful APC member. She is constitutionally not certified to be nominated within the first occasion. We urge Buhari to respect the views of majority of Nigerians and withdraw her nomination,” he added.