- The Senate has approved the appointment of a new nominee for the position of INEC REC
- According to the Senate committee on INEC, the new appointee, Chukwuemeka Chukwu, has the requisite potential to man the office
- There was no opposition to Chukwu's nomination, unlike that of presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie which has been trailed by controversy
The Independent National Electoral Commission has gotten a new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).
The new appointee whose nomination was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, October 13, is Chukwuemeka Chukwu, Daily Trust reports.
The decision of the Senate came after due consideration of the report submitted by its committee on INEC, led by Senator Kabiru Gaya.
In his submission, Senator Guya noted that Chukwu possesses the needed qualifications for the job and that his nomination has not been opposed by anyone.
On his part, the Senate president, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, congratulated the new INEC REC for getting the rare opportunity to serve his nation in this capacity.
Earlier, there was controversy over the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as commissioner of INEC.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the development as "provocative, ominous and an attack on the constitution and democratic practices."
Speaking through its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party said it rejected the nomination of Onochie who was described as a "card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
President Buhari nominated Onochie for screening and confirmation as a national commissioner of INEC, representing Delta state.
Lawan read Buhari’s letter of request at plenary on Tuesday, October 13.
Meanwhile, reactions trailed Onochie's nomination by the president for this office in the electoral commission.
Some Nigerians took to Twitter to express their views on the president's nomination. Many expressed their displeasure at the aide's nomination, while others had questioned why the president will forward the name of a strong member of the ruling party.
To this end, Nigerians have called on the Senate to reject Onochie's nomination. A tweep said her nomination was both offensive and partisan.
Another tweep wondered why the president would nominate someone like Onochie for the position.
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