- Diverse reactions have trailed the list of INEC commissioners sent by President Buhari to the Senate
- The Nigerian leader nominated his aide on social media, Lauretta Onochie, as a national commissioner of INEC
- Nigerians have taken to social media to register their displeasure on the list
Reactions have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination of Lauretta Onochie, his special assistant on social media as an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) national commissioner.
Legit.ng gathered that the Nigerian leader on Tuesday, October 13, forwarded Lauretta's name to the Senate for screening and confirmation as an INEC commissioner representing Delta state.
The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, read Buhari’s letter of request which contained the names of two others as INEC commissioners at plenary.
Some Nigerians took to Twitter to express their views on the president's nomination. Many have expressed their displeasure at Lauretta's nomination, while others have questioned why the president will forward the name of a strong member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
To this end, Nigerians have called on the Senate to reject Lauretta's nomination.
Here are some reactions gathered by Legit.ng from Twitter:
A tweep said Onochie's appointment is both offensive and partisan.
Another tweep is wondering why the president would nominate someone like Onochie for the position.
As for Uche Jegbefume, Buhari is not ready for free and fair elections in the country.
Meanwhile, the tenure of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of INEC is coming to an end.
There is uncertainty in Nigeria’s political space due to the fact that Yakubu’s tenure and that of five INEC commissioners, will end on November 9.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a top government official, who does not want to be named disclosed that if Yakubu’s tenure is not renewed by President Buhari, two national commissioners are in line to take over from him. But if Yakubu is reappointed, he would be the first INEC chairman to have a second term.
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