- 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.