INEC job: I am not a Member of APC, Lauretta Onochie Tells Senate

INEC job: I am not a Member of APC, Lauretta Onochie Tells Senate

  • Lauretta Onochie has denied her membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress as being reported in some quarters
  • According to the presidential aide, she stopped being a member of APC since 2019 when President Buhari won his re-election
  • Onochie, however, admitted she swore an oath declaring that she was a member of the ruling party

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Abuja - Following her screening as a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Lauretta Onochie has stated she is not a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Vanguard reports that Onochie made the disclosure on Thursday, July 8, while appearing before the legislative body's committee on the commission led by Senator Kabiru Gaya.

Lauretta Onochie
Lauretta Onochie says she is not a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Photo credit: Lauretta Onochie
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According to the senior special assistant to the president on social media, she withdrew her party membership back in 2019, immediately after President Muhammadu Buhari won his second term.

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Speaking during the screening, Onochie challenged anyone to come forward with evidence of her participation in APC's activities since 2019.

The presidential aide in reaction to reports of a sworn affidavit declaring her membership admitted swearing to an oath at an Abuja Federal High Court that she was a member of the ruling party, The Punch added.

She further told the panel that the affidavit was at the early stage of her return to Nigeria when allegations were made against her, adding that she was a member during the time.

Onochie went on to note that her duties in politics ended immediately after the last general elections.

Senate panel begins screening of Lauretta Onochie for INEC job

Months after her nomination as a commissioner of INEC, Onochie was on Thursday, July 8, screened by the Senate.

The presidential media aide's nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020 sparked nationwide reactions and comments in political and legal circles.

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The screening exercise which started in the morning of Thursday was supervised by the Senator Gaya-led committee on INEC.

Buhari's aide proudly declares APC membership

In a related development, Onochie had declared that she was a member of the APC. The presidential aide made the disclosure in court documents obtained by a news publication on Friday, June 25.

Onochie, who currently serves as the president's personal assistant on social media had confirmed she was into active politics and a volunteer at the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO).

The court document is her statement for an oath filed in a pending libel suit that was instituted at the FCT High Court, Abuja.

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