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Buhari Replaces Lauretta Onochie, Asks Senate To Confirm New INEC Commissioners

A photograph collage of President Buhari, Ms Onochie and lawmakers throughout plenary.


President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate in search of the affirmation of the nomination of some National Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioners to switch the outgoing ones.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan learn the letter throughout Tuesday’s plenary session.

The nominees are Malam Mohammed Haruna from Niger State because the North Central – National Commissioner.

They additionally embrace Mrs May Agbamuche Mbu, Delta State, National Commissioner; and Okeagu Kenneth Nnamdi, Abia State, South East National Commissioner.

Also appointed are Major General A.B. Alkali (retd.) – Adamawa State, North East, National Commissioner; Professor Rada H. Gumus, Bayelsa State, South South, National Commissioner; Mr. Sam Olumeku, Ondo State, South West, National Commissioner; and Olaniyi Olaleye Ijalaye, Ondo State, South West (Resident Electoral Commissioner.)

President Buhari additionally despatched the names of nominees of commissioners for the National Population Commission.

The are Mr. Benedict Opong, Mrs Gloria Izofor, Barr. Mrs Patricia O. Iyayan Kuchi, Dr. Bala Haliru, and Dr Iyatayo Oyetunbi.

READ ALSO: Why We Rejected Lauretta Onochie As INEC Commissioner – Senators

President Buhari’s nomination of Mrs May Agbamuche Mbu as INEC commissioner representing Delta state successfully ends the hopes of Lauretta Onochie who he nominated for a similar place.

However, the Senate rejected her nomination on the grounds that it flouted the precept of federal character.

Ms Onochie, at present a presidential aide, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in October 2020 as an INEC commissioner to signify Delta State.

The appointment generated a public outcry from people, teams, and opposition events who wrote petitions staged protests, and referred to as on the Senate to reject it.

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