The Senate on Thursday began the screening of nominees for appointment as National Commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday forwarded the name of Onochie and five others as Federal Commissioners to the Senator Kabiru Gaya, All Progressives Congress, APC, Kano South led Senate Committee on INEC.
The nominees, One of the aides of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Lauretta Onochie, and other nominees were in the Senate for the exercise.
Other nominees include Professor Muhammad Sani Kallah(Katsina); Dr Baba Bila (North East), Professor, Kunle Cornelius Ajayi(Ekiti), Saidu Babura Ahmad (Jigawa), Professor Sani Muhammad Adam(North-Central).
Lauretta Onochie who was accompanied by the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Babajide Omoworare, arrived at the Senate wing of the National Assembly about 11 am.
She was immediately ushered into the office of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabri Gaya.
Onochie currently serves as Senior Special Assistant on New Media to President Buhari. Her nomination has triggered serious public outcry with the Peoples Democratic Party who kicked against her. The PDP said Lauretta is a card-carrying member of the ruling All Progressives Congress; and by her political affiliation with the APC, she is not fit to be appointed as an election officer.
The party in their argument said Onochie would pollute the atmosphere of neutrality, and fair play in the Commission if the Senate goes ahead to approve her nomination.
In the same vein, Senator Dino Melaye who represented Kogi West in the Senate 8th and early part of the present 9th Senate asked President Buhari to immediately discontinue the nomination of Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to Melaye, the nomination was ”unconstitutional, an affront on the patience of Nigerians and an insult to the institution of INEC”.