- APC has declared support for Lauretta Onochie's nomination as INEC national commissioner
- The ruling party says the appointment is justified, saying Onochie is an effective public servant
- The nomination of the presidential media aide had sparked outrage in the polity recently
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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has backed President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a national electoral commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The APC frowned at the criticisms over the president's action, saying:
“It has been subject to rash, subjective, misplaced and selective criticism by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some interest groups.”
The party also stated in a statement signed by its acting spokesman, Yekini Nabena:
“Perhaps the PDP needs to be reminded that one of its card-carrying members, Dr. Johnson Alalibo is the current Edo state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).
“Alalibo who was also a former deputy whip in the Bayelsa state House of Assembly has been an electoral asset to the PDP but that is an issue to be addressed another day.”
The party urged the 9th Senate to the PDP and go-ahead to accept Ms Onochie's nomination.
It said Onochie's capacity and effectiveness as a public servant and senior social media professional are in the public domain.
The party went on to state that the current INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, served as an Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) under a PDP government.
The APC also accused senior INEC officials; Festus Okoye and Mike Igini of being PDP apologists.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has asked President Buhari to withdraw the nomination of Onochie.
Clement Nwankwo, the convener of Situation Room, said the nomination of Onochie is an attempt to weaken the efforts to build a credible electoral process in Nigeria.
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