Lauretta Onochie, Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, says her work is not partisan but follows due process.
The statement was made during her screening as INEC national commissioner nominee by the Senate Committee on INEC.
“I’m not a partisan,” she said. There have been many petitions against my nomination not only from the PDP but also from some APC members.
“I am not a partisan. This is known to them. It has to do with the law. There is no reason for anyone to fear my nomination as INEC commissioner for Delta. I’m madam due process to the best of my ability. That’s why there have been so many attacks. “I follow due process and the law.”
The screening is ongoing.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, on October 12, nominated Onochie (Delta), Professor Muhammad Sani Kallah (Katsina), Professor Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti), Saidu Babura Ahmad (Jigawa), Prof. Sani Muhammad Adam (north central) and Dr. Baba Bila (north east) as national commissioners of INEC.
The nomination of Onochie had stirred outrage among the opposition lawmakers and civil society groups, who argued that she was “too partisan” to serve as a commissioner in an important institution like INEC.
PDP leaders protested peacefully at the National Assembly last week to demand Onochie’s rejection.