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Confirming Onochie As INEC Commissioner Would Erode Trust In Electoral Body – Jega

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, says confirming the controversial nomination of a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission would lead to erosion of trust in the electoral management body.

The former INEC boss said this while featuring on Sunday Politics, a current affairs programme on Channels Television, on Sunday night, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari could withdraw Onochie’s nomination and replace her with another female from her state.

According to him, there are many other eligible women for the job.

He said, “This kind of controversy is really avoidable. Any person who generated such a controversy; the appointing authorities should be careful because you don’t want to appoint anybody that can raise suspicions or doubts or can lead to a loss of trust of the electoral management body.

Jega’s comment comes at a time when several civil society groups are urging the Nigerian Senate not to confirm Ms Onochie as an INEC commissioner.

She is a staunch member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, and they say her nomination contravenes the provisions of the constitution.

But appearing before a senate screening committee on Thursday Onochie unconvincingly claimed that she had stopped being an APC member since 2019. Her claim however contradicts her depositions in a court affidavit after the time she said she had stopped being an APC member.

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