The Nigeria Civil Society State of affairs Room on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to not renominate his Senior Particular Assistant, Ms Lauretta Onochie to the Senate for affirmation as a Nationwide Commissioner of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).
The State of affairs Room, which is a coalition of over 70 teams working in help of credible and clear elections in Nigeria, stated their plea to President Buhari was based mostly on what transpired within the case of the previous Performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.
The CSOs, in a press release on Wednesday, famous that President Buhari persistently forwarded Magu’s identify to the Senate for affirmation, even after his nomination was rejected twice.
“We hope that the Presidency will hearken to the voice of the folks this time by not renominating Lauretta Onochie once more to be confirmed as INEC commissioner. We aren’t in any approach towards her as an individual. The President could make her a Minister or give her some other appointment, however not as INEC commissioner.
“There are a lot of certified folks from Delta State that may be nominated into the place”, State of affairs Room said.The CSOs, within the assertion that was signed by its conveners, Mrs Ene Obi, Asma’u Joda and James Ugochukwu, equally counseled the Senate for declining Onochie’s nomination, even because it urged President Buhari to selected one other non-partisan girl as her alternative.
“It’s pertinent to reiterate that Merchandise F, paragraph 14 of the third schedule to the 1999 Nigerian Structure stipulates non-partisanship as one of many standards for the appointment of an individual as a Nationwide Commissioners of INEC. Due to this fact, it’s unconstitutional for anyone in partisan politics to be in INEC and this needs to be considered with respect to subsequent nominations for positions on the electoral fee.
“State of affairs Room continues to face by this place as stipulated by the regulation. State of affairs Room lauds the Senate’s determination to uphold the Federal Character Precept enshrined in part 14(3) of the 1999 Nigerian Structure and its adherence to the voice of Nigerians by rejecting Onochie’s nomination.
“State of affairs Room enjoins the Nationwide Meeting and all establishments of presidency to at all times uphold the tenets of democracy within the discharge of their duties and act within the curiosity of the Nigerian folks always.
“State of affairs Room additionally makes use of this chance to remind the Nationwide Meeting that Nigerians are watching and ready anxiously for the inclusion of digital transmission of election outcomes and a downward evaluate of the bounds of election bills within the Electoral Invoice, 2021.
“State of affairs Room calls on the Nationwide Meeting to cross the Electoral Invoice and transmit identical to the President for assent earlier than continuing on recess”, the assertion additional learn.
In the identical vein, the Convention of Nigeria Political Events (CNPP), has counseled the Senate for rejecting the nomination of Onochie as a commissioner on the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).
Particularly, the platform for political events within the nation praised the lawmakers for bowing to stress of public opinion in turning down the nomination of Onochie.
“We commend the Senate for listening to the voice of cause and flowing with public opinion quite than sustaining its conventional rubber stamp disposition to all govt requests on the detriment of the general nationwide curiosity.”
The CNPP Secretary Normal, Chief Willy Ezugwu in a press release issued on Wednesday stated, “It pays for all elected public officers to hearken to the folks from whom they derive their powers and are holding workplaces in belief for his or her well-being, with a view to bettering on the quickly eroding public confidence in our political workplace holders.”
Ezwugu stated: “Whereas we commend the Senators for not permitting the controversial nomination Onochie to sail by means of, we warn of a repeat of the Ibrahim Magu template the place the chief unilaterally imposed him on the nation in perpetual Performing Capability as Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) towards the want of the folks.
“Everyone knows how Magu’s tenure as EFCC’s appearing chairman ended, proving that corruption allegation towards him by the Division of State Companies (DSS), resulting in his rejection by the eighth Senate was right.”
“And simply as a as soon as corrupt individual will at all times be corrupt, a partisan participant like Lauretta Onochie would have remained partisan whilst INEC commissioner.
“Will probably be disastrous for our already struggling democracy, if the chief is allowed to nominate a fanatically partisan character like Lauretta Onochie by means of the backdoor, utilizing the Magu template.
“The CNPP hereby advises the Presidency to shelve all overbearing perspective it has continued to subtly exhibit on the federal lawmakers within the remaining lower than two years of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“All federal lawmakers, Mr. President, and presidential aides ought to focus extra on life after workplace quite than producing controversies by means of an endless opposition to the welfare of the residents manifesting in quite a few ill-conceived insurance policies and govt payments meant to gag the folks and the media”, the CNPP added.