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INEC Job: Buhari snubs Lauretta Onochie, make new nomination 

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Mrs. May Agbamuche Mbu who hails from Delta, South-South, and Malam Mohammed Haruna, Niger, North Central has been appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as National Commissioners of Independent National Electoral Commission.

Lauretta Onochie, whose appointment was earlier turned down by the senate was replaced with Mbu.

The President additionally nominated Engr. (Prof.) Rhoda H. Gumus, from Bayelsa – South-South, Ukeagu Kenneth Nnamdi from Abia – South East, Major General A. B. Alkali (rtd) – (Adamawa, North East), Mr. Sam Olumekan, hails from Ondo – South West as National Commissioners of INEC.

Including Olaniyi Olaleye Ijalaye, for Ondo – South West as Resident Electoral Commissioner.

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This was contained in a letter by President Buhari dated December 10, 2021. The letter requested the Senate president confirm the nominees.

Recall nomination of the Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Lauretta Onochie, as a Commissioner of INEC in October 2020, sparked outrage, with several opposition politicians and civil society groups calling for her rejection noting she was too partisan to serve in a sensitive institution.

Onochie was as well accused of being a card-carrying member of the leading party,  All Progressives Congress.

However, she has since denied the claim during her screening. Her nomination was rejected in July based mostly on federal character precepts.

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