The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom State Branch has described Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as the Commissioner of Independent Electoral Commission, INEC as a breach on the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It therefore urged members of the Senate not to clear her.
Recall that president Muhammadu Buhari had on October, 2020 nominated Onochie for INEC commissioner and sent her name to the National Assembly for ratification.
Her nomination has raised a lot of controversies as different groups and individuals have risen against it.
However the State Chairman of CLO, Franklyn Isong in a press briefing in Uyo, on Monday said Onochie’s nomination was a breach on the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Isong noted that Onochie, is a card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress adding that if the National Assembly eventually clears her, Nigeria will be plunged into one party system.
The CLO however observed that Section 156(1)a) and third schedule, Part 1, Item F, Paragraph 14(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) automatically disqualified any card carrying member of a political party from being appointed as INEC commissioner.
The Chairman added that her appointment as INEC commissioner would also mar the independence of the commission as she would be bound to protect the interest of her party which is APC.
Part of the statement read, “Ms Lauretta Onochie currently serving as the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media has openly declared membership for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“She had also campaigned for President Buhari in 2015 and we are of the view that if her nomination is confirmed by the Senate, it will mar future elections and casts doubts on the independence of INEC
Section 156(1)a) and third schedule, Part 1, Item F, Paragraph 14(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) outrightly disqualified any person in partisan politics and card carrying member of a political party from being appointed into INEC as an electoral umpire.