A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Naija News had reported earlier that President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Onochie, his Special Assistant on Social Media, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), representing Delta State.
In a letter of request to the National Assembly which was read during plenary on Tuesday by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, President Buhari also nominated Prof. Mohammed Sani representing Katsina; Prof. Kunle Ajayi (Ekiti) and Seidu Ahmed (Jigawa) to fill the quota of INEC Commissioners in their state.
The President noted in his letter to the Nigerian Senate that the nomination was pursuant to Paragraph 14 of part 1F of the First Schedule of the 1999 Constitution.
However, displeased with Onochie’s nomination as INEC Commissioner, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to kick against the appointment and as well blast President Buhari for nominating his aide as an INEC Commissioner.
Naija News captured some of the tweets below…
So Even in the middle of a severe Protest, buhari still appointed Lauretta Onochie Inec commissioner? A woman whose utterances are unbecoming of a government aide is warming up to be given new wings to fly wild. @MBuhari You should have done better because we have better heads!
— Aisha Yesufu (@Aisha_Yesufuu) October 13, 2020
Buhari doesn’t think and nobody is thinking for him.
Lauretta Onochie is a reckless defender of this administration and a card carrying member of the ruling party, APC.
Her nomination as INEC Commissioner is unacceptable.
Stop destroying our institutions with partisanship.
— Thεό Abu (@TheoAbuAgada) October 13, 2020
How on earth did the president nominate Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner when the citizens of the country you lead are protesting and fighting for their rights?
— #EndSARS (@Didicodes) October 13, 2020
How is someone who is affiliated to the rulling party be appointed as INEC commissioner?? What is the rationale behind her appointment??
— Adenekan Mayowa (@Mayorspeaks) October 13, 2020
Buhari appoints Rigging Machine Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner.
— President One.acre /#SARSMUSTEND/ FREE Dadiyata (@NekkaSmith) October 13, 2020
Behold your new INEC COMMISSIONER appointed by President Buhari today. Once upon a country. pic.twitter.com/lEaiNXFWBi
— TD. Cole Esq.?? (@BolanleCole) October 13, 2020
— Kingsley Ubani (@kinslic) October 13, 2020
Dear PDP senators, only one thing we ask of you.
Block the nomination of that drunkard called Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner. Don’t be unfortunate please.
— Thεό Abu (@TheoAbuAgada) October 13, 2020
The appointment of Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner is unconstitutional, undemocratic and ridiculous. Section 14 of Part 1 of Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution provides that a person to be appointed as INEC commissioner must be a person of “unquestionable integrity”.
— FESTUS OGUN (@mrfestusogun) October 13, 2020
Appointing Lauretta Onochie to INEC is a contradiction in terms. How’ll you nominate a staunch member of a political party to a body that is supposed to be independent and will make decisions affecting her party? The Senate should reject her and all others affiliated to a party. https://t.co/EL0GxMEp6i
— Bulama Bukarti (@bulamabukarti) October 13, 2020
BREAKING: Buhari asks senate to confirm Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner.
What!? Never! What's wrong with this old man? @NGRSenate don't try it.
— Ayemojubar ? (@ayemojubar) October 13, 2020
Your new inec chairman lauretta Onochie is not on our side oo! She like Sars die!! Not a #EndSARS support
She's a serious APC member and a Buhari super hero!
We are finished in 2023 if they give her that power
— ??WOLEXZ TRICKS ??? (@wolexz_tricks) October 13, 2020
Appointing Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner today is ill-timed and I’ll-advised. Who are the people advising our president? The only appointment people want to hear now should relate to an independent enquiry panel on the issues on ground. #StopPoliceBrutalityinNigeria
— morayo akabashorun (@moakabash) October 13, 2020
Buhari just nominated Lauretta Onochie for the position of INEC chairman while we are protesting
— President Christian (@Chrisblin) October 13, 2020
Lauretta Onochie is a card carrying member of APC and yet Buhari appointed him to be the INEC Commissioner. Lol
Some things dey dey somehow maybe nah distraction sha.
— Premier (@SodiqTade) October 13, 2020
These guys are irresponsible. Of all the 1000 agencies you can settle Laurretta with you choose INEC. Buhari doesn’t rate Nigeria and Nigerians. Disgusting.
— Mazi Gburugburu (@Mazigburugburu1) October 13, 2020
It's a brutal assault on Nigerians sensibility for Buhari to have nominated Lauretta Onochie as INEC commissioner. What is independent about that drunk?!@OfficialPDPNig @NGRSenate @officialKolaO @inecnigeria @AtikuKawai2023
— Olushola Olufolabi (@olushola_shola) October 13, 2020
Is this not madness! @INECNigerua is meant to be independent. How can @MBuhari appoint his spokeswoman as an INEC Commissioner? I have never seen this level of dictatorship in my life. Is Nigeria now a Banana Republic?#BuhariTormentor #SARSMUSTENDNOW https://t.co/4Wcu2GBdxV
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) October 13, 2020
Source: Naija News