Senate Minority Committee Criticizes Bukhari for Appointing Onochi as INEC Commissioner
President Muhammadu Bukhari was attacked by the minority faction in the Senate for his decision to appoint his media assistant Lauretta Onochi as national commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission, in complete disregard of the country’s constitutional provisions.
Punch said in a speech on Tuesday, the minority faction in the Senate said Bukhari violated the country’s constitution by appointing his media assistant Lauretta Onochi as INEC commissioner.
However, opposition senators, in a statement circulated to journalists in Abuja and signed by their leader, asked Bukhari to withdraw Onochi’s candidacy. They noted that Bukhari, calling Onochi, “voluntarily went against the constitution, which he swore to adhere to.”
Part of the statement read: “Clause 14 of Article F of the Third Program of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) prohibits a member with a membership card of a political party from being a member of INEC.” The Senate Minority Committee objects to this appointment and I ask the President to withdraw it. “