Civil groups task FG on INEC appointments

Must read

NYCN Lauds Yahaya Bello At 46

National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYC) has described Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as a beacon of hope for women and...

FG Names Mikel Obi Youth ambassador

Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has been appointed as Youth Ambassador by the Federal Government to inspire young Nigerians towards...

Buhari To Attend ECOWAS Mid-Year Summit In Accra

President Muhammadu Buhari will participate in the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra,...

#EndSARS: Kaduna Panel Ends Public Hearing With 69 Petitions

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government to investigate police brutality and other related extra-judicial killings in...

…maintain call for Onochie’s rejection

By Mike Oboh

Civil Society Group Situation Room has tasked the federal government on the need to appoint credible persons as INEC commissioners as the tenure of most of them expires this year just as it once again called on the Senate to reject the nomination of Lauretta Onochie, Senior Special Adviser to President Buhari, nomination as INEC commissioner.

The convener of the Civil group Situation Room, Ene Obi made the declaration on Thursday while speaking to newsmen in Abuja.

Obi said the government should start considering people for appointment as INEC commissioners as the tenure of most of them in the service runs to and end this year.

READ  Edo PDP chairman suspended

“Situation Room wishes to remind the federal government of the State Resident Electoral Commissioners of INEC whose tenure runs out at the end of the year, to begin to think of nomination of persons within the set criteria.

“We also call on the senate to reaffirm the integrity and independence of Nigeria Electoral System by rejecting the nomination of Mrs Lauretta Onochie as INEC national commissioner,” Obi said.

The group said that if important consideration is fairness and justice to all contending parties, Onochie has shown that she does not have the qualities and capacity to be accommodating to all, hence Nigerians of all tendencies have opposed her appointment as she will dent the country’s electoral process and democracy.

Obi said as a political appointee and staff of the incumbent President , Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress, APC, her utterance, statements, demeanor and carriage has always conveyed and communicated political bias and partisanship in support of the ruling party, though the group do not criticize her royal to her party , they highlighted that these traits are not suited for the position of a non partisan agency.

READ  We want APC to remain for as long as possible - Buhari

“Section 156(1) of the constitution makes it mandatory that an appointee at INEC shall not be a member of a political party. It is immaterial that such a person in anticipation for appointment quickly resigned his or her membership of a political party.

“Item F, paragraph 14 of the third schedule of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria forbids a partisan politician as a member of INEC-a body charged under the constitution to unbiasedly conduct a free and fair election, the claim of partisanship is glaring and has been exhibited orally and in writing,” the civil group said.

READ  FG’s Goal To Lift 20m Nigerians Out Of Poverty In Two Years Now Within Reach – Osinbajo

The convener said Onochie’s nomination amount to a major attempt at undermining the efforts to build credibility for an improved electoral process in the county hence it is important to note that the composition of INEC is transparently non partisan and independent of partisan political bias.

Copyright DAYBREAK.

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from DAYBREAK NEWS.

More articles

Latest article

NYCN Lauds Yahaya Bello At 46

National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYC) has described Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as a beacon of hope for women and...

FG Names Mikel Obi Youth ambassador

Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has been appointed as Youth Ambassador by the Federal Government to inspire young Nigerians towards...

Buhari To Attend ECOWAS Mid-Year Summit In Accra

President Muhammadu Buhari will participate in the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra,...

#EndSARS: Kaduna Panel Ends Public Hearing With 69 Petitions

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State Government to investigate police brutality and other related extra-judicial killings in...

JUST IN: Medical Doctor Shot Dead In Niger

A medical doctor has been shot dead in Salka village, Magama Local Government Area of Niger State. It was...