- President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Lauretta Onochie as the chairman of the NDDC board
- The president forwarded her name along with 15 other board members of the board to the senate on Wednesday
- Recall that Onochie was nominated by Buhari in October 2023 as INEC commissioner to represent Delta state but was rejected by the senate citing federal character
FCT, Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the name of Lauretta Onochie, his aide on new media, to the senate as the substantive chairman of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
This was disclosed in a letter the president sent to the Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Daily Trust reported.
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In the letter, the president also announced the nomination of 15 other board members of the NDDC.
According to the letter which was read on the Senate floor on Wednesday, November 23, the red chamber is urged to confirm the appointment of Onochie.
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In October 2020, Buhari nominated Onochie as the national commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to represent Delta state.
There was a massive outrage after her nomination. Many oppositions called for her rejection, alleging that she was too partisan to be appointed to serve in a such sensitive institution like INEC.
Some also accused her of being a card-carrying member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the party of the president, but she denied the claim three times during her screening.
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Her nomination was then rejected by the senate which cited the federal character principle.
Senator Kabiru Gaya, who was the screening panel's chairman, noted that there was a current serving commissioner of INEC from Delta state, where Onochie hailed from.
Gaya added that confirming Onochie as INEC commissioner would violate the provision of the constitution.
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