- CAN is not in agreement with the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as INEC national commissioner
- The Christian body in a statement described the president's nomination as an executive recklessness
- The leader of the association urged the Senate to reject Onochie for the position
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Reactions have continued to trail the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This time, the criticism is coming from the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). On Thursday, October 15, it strongly condemned the nomination of the presidential aide for the position.
In a report by ThisDay, the Christian body described Onocchie's nomination by the Nigerian leader as an executive recklessness.
Rev. Dr Samson Olasupo, the CAN president, asked the Senate not to accept Onochie's nomination as INEC commissioner.
According to the leader of the Christian body, the presidential aide lacks objectivity, justice and fairness which are mandatory for every member of the country's electoral body.
Olasupo went on to note that Onochie being a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) disqualifies her from being nominated for the position in INEC.
Recall that Onochie was nominated for screening and confirmation as a national commissioner of INEC, representing Delta state by President Buhari.
Ahmad Lawan, the Senate president read Buhari’s letter of request at plenary on Tuesday, October 13.
Following the announcement, some Nigerians immediately tabled their objections and criticisms.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the ruling APC commended Buhari's nomination of Onochie as a national electoral commissioner for INEC.
The APC frowned at the criticisms over the president's action while urging the 9th Senate to go-ahead to accept Onochie's nomination.
It said Onochie's capacity and effectiveness as a public servant and senior social media professional are in the public domain.
In a related development, former senator, Dino Melaye, has reacted to the nomination of Onochie as a national commissioner of INEC by President Buhari.
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.
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