Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the nomination of Ms. Lauretta Onochie as national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Wike’s call is coming barely 24 hours after the Former INEC chairman, Professor Tahiru Jega asked President Muhammadu Buhari to select another lady to replace Lauretta Onochie due to her lack of credibility.
the most fundamental consideration against the appointment of an electoral umpire in a democracy is the likelihood of bias, which in this case, is heavily weighted against Mrs Onochie, as she is a notorious and repulsively partisan dye-in-the-wool member of the APC
Wike who made this call during the presentation of a six years progress report to mark the second year of his second tenure as governor held at the Obi Wali Internation Conference Center in Port Harcourt on Monday noted the integrity of INEC should not be compromised.
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA has asked the Senate not to confirm Onochie, describing her as a person widely known to be deeply divisive and a strong member of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.