Lauretta Onochie

President Muhammadu Buhari has dropped his personal assistant on social media Lauretta Onochie whom he earlier nominated as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mr Buhari had last year October nominated Ms Onochie to represent Delta State but her nomination triggered outrage among many Nigerians who described it as unconstitutional.

Critics hinged their decision on the fact that the presidential aide is a card-carrying member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) hence declared her unfit for the position which constitutionally requires a non-partisan individual.

Senate Committee on INEC had also rejected her nomination citing federal character based on the provisions of Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended).

In a letter to the Nigerian Senate dated December 10 and read yesterday during plenary, Mr Buhari withdrew the nomination of Onochie and replaced her with the re-nomination of May Agbamuche-Mbu.

The president asked the upper legislative chamber to confirm the appointment of Mrs Agbamuche-Mbu alongside five other nominees for appointment as National Commissioners and another nominee as INEC’s REC.