Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) yesterday rejected the nomination of Mrs Lauretta Onochie as national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that on October 13, 2020 the senate president read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari requesting the confirmation of three nominees as INEC national commissioners and one Resident Electoral Commissioner.
In a petition to the Senate signed by Yiaga Africa and 10 others, the CSOs urged the lawmakersw to aske President Buhari to withdraw her nomination in the public interest and in furtherance of his commitment to leave a legacy of a truly independent electoral institution that enjoys the trust and confidence of citizens and electoral stakeholders.
In the petition made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend The CSOs also urged Buhari to uphold the federal character principle in re-nominating a non-partisan, neutral, and competent Nigerian to represent the south-south region as INEC National Commissioner.
They noted that members of INEC must be individuals with impeccable character, unquestionable neutral inclinations dispositions, and competence.
They stated: ‘’We seek proper scrutiny and due diligence is exercised in the confirmation of nominations into the INEC.
‘’As custodians of the Nigerian constitution, the Senate should ensure that the principle of Federal Character is protected in order to guarantee inclusiveness and promote national unity amongst Nigerians.’’
The statement prayed that the petition will be entertained, considered and granted.