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Published On: Fri, Oct 16th, 2020

AAC rejects nomination of Onochie as INEC Commissioner

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By Musa Adamu

The leadership of African Action Congress (AAC) has said the party is alarmed by the recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, his media aide, Loretta Onochie, as a national Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a statement issued yesterday by the national chairman of AAC, Leonard Nzenwa, the party expressed shock that the President would nominate his Special Assistant on Social Media, whom the party said it an active member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Commissioner of INEC.
“The party rejects her purported nomination and calls on President Buhari to withdraw her immediately so as to maintain the integrity, neutrality and honour of the Commission.
“INEC is the conscience of the nation’s electoral process and should not be politicized for any reason whatsoever.
“The 1999 Constitution is clear on the appointment of National Commissioners of INEC which includes persons of unquestionable integrity who shall not be members of any political party as provided in paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule.
“Mr President wittingly or unwittingly ignored this critical provision of the Constitution he sworn twice to uphold since May 29, 2015, he assumed office.
“As a major stakeholder in the political process, AAC will resist any attempt to subvert the Constitution, the nation’s grundnorm, and bring it to ridicule and disrepute.
“The party frowns at constant nominations and appointments of unquantified citizens into public offices and urges the presidency and security agents to do thorough background checks before announcing such nominations and appointments to avoid national embarrassment and opposition. The Constitution cannot be sacrificed at the altar of political expediency”, AAC said in the statement.

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