A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, has asked the Senate not to confirm Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of INEC.
Onochie, who was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari, was among those screened by the National Assembly’s upper chamber on Thursday.
The details of the screening are expected to be released on Tuesday, a source told newsment.
Onochie’s nomination sparked outrage among civil society groups, opposition lawmakers, and even within the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It has been suggested that she is “too partisan” to serve as a commissioner in an institution like INEC.
Buhari, however, has refused to withdraw the appointment of one of his aides despite the pressure.
Jega addressed the controversy over Onochie’s nomination on Sunday Politics, a Channels Television show.
“This kind of controversy can be avoided. In the case of people who generated such a controversy, the appointing authorities should be cautious, as they don’t want to appoint someone who could raise suspicions, doubts, or that could hinder trust in the electoral management system,” he said.
Onochie’s nomination could be withdrawn by the president, and she could be replaced by another female from her state.