Jega Tells Buhari To Withdraw Onochie’s Candidacy As An INEC Commissioner

Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has urged for Lauretta Onochie’s candidacy as a commissioner of the electoral body to be withdrawn.

Jega, who presided over the election that brought President Buhari to power, said the controversy surrounding Onochie’s nomination should have been avoided in an interview with Channels Television.

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He urged lawmakers to enforce the relevant legislation in order to avoid a situation in which the elections she participates in are perceived as biased.

Jega said; 

“This kind of controversy is really avoidable. Any person who generated such a controversy, the appointing authorities should be careful because you don’t want to appoint anybody that can raise suspicions or doubts or can lead to a loss of trust of the electoral management body.

“I’m sorry to say that from some of the documents that I have been privileged to see, both about her British citizens and the very active participation in a political party up until 2019, you will try to avoid appointing such people into an electoral commission — because it can generate controversy.

“To be honest, the president can also withdraw that nomination. After all, there are so many women with credibility, with capacity, competence in both Delta and across Rivers, so why bring someone that can generate controversy and raise suspicions about the intention of the appointment.”


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