- Senator Melaye has sent a key message to President Buhari over the nomination of Onochie as INEC's national commissioner
- The former Kogi lawmaker asked the president to withdraw the nomination, saying it is against the constitution
- Onochie is currently one of President Buhari's aides on social media
Former senator, Dino Melaye, has reacted to the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Sun reported that Melaye in a statement on Wednesday, October 14, called on the president to rescind the nomination.
He described Onochie’s nomination as unconstitutional, an affront on the patience of Nigerians and an insult to the institution of INEC.
Melaye further claimed that Onochie who is President Buhari's aide on social media is politically biased, being a member of the All Progressives Congress.
He threatened to mobilise Nigerians to challenge the president's decision if he fails to withdraw Onochie's nomination.
According to Melaye, Onochie's nomination violated the constitution which President Buhari swore to uphold at all times.
Meanwhile, senior human rights lawyer Femi Falana has also faulted Onochi's nomination, saying the presidential aide has "consistently attacked members of other political parties."
Also reacting, 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 the presidential aide who is described as a card-carrying member of the APC.
Similarly, some Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their views on the president's nomination.
Many have expressed their displeasure at the nomination, while others have questioned why the president will forward the name of a strong member of the ruling party.
Those who reacted to the development urged the Senate to reject the nomination, saying that is the only way to move Nigeria's nascent democracy ahead.
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