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Withdraw Onochie’s nomination as INEC commissioner, Wike tells Buhari

Dennis Naku

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to withdraw the nomination of Ms. Lauretta Onochie as national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

He said the desperation of Mr. Presdient and the ruling All Progressives Congress to foist Onochie was a bad omen for the country’s democracy.

Wike made the 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.

“For goodness sake, the nomination and desperation of President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled National Assembly to foist an invalid Ms. Lauretta Onochie on Nigerians as INEC’s national Commissioner is a bad omen for our democracy.

“By any standards, 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 Ms. Onochie, as a notorious and repulsively partisan dye-in-the-wool member of the APC.

 “Despite the flood of protests against her nomination and the general lack of trust in our capacity to remain impartial, it seems the APC-led Senate is determined to confirm her appointment as part of their grand design to rig the 2023 general elections well ahead of time.

“Knowing Nigerians would overwhelmingly reject them in a free, fair and transparent contest managed by a strong and independent election management committee.

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