- Calls have been made against the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as INEC's next commissioner
- One of those who recently made such a call is Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto
- Tambuwal said that since Onochie is loyal to the APC, she is not qualified for the job
The governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, has kicked against President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination of Lauretta Onochie as the new commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Governor Tambuwal made this call to the president during the swearing-in of the chairman and members of the Sokoto State Independent Electoral Commission (SSIEC) on Wednesday, October 14, The Cable reports.
The Sokoto government urged President Buhari to look for a more competent and credible person for the office.
Moreover, the northern governor noted that the very fact that Onochie is loyal to the APC disqualifies her for the position.
“We must be seen to be doing what will consolidate our gains in the electoral process, not what will obviously put us in reverse gear."
Tambuwal went on to say that one of the greatest legacies Buhari can leave behind is the improvement of Nigeria's electoral processes.
Earlier, the APC backed President Buhari's nomination of Onochie as a national electoral commissioner for 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 a go-ahead to accept Onochie's nomination.
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