The Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA) has opposed the affirmation of the Private Assistant to the President on Social Media, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie, as a commissioner of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) by the Senate Committee on INEC.
Chairman of NBA Part on Public Curiosity and Improvement Legislation (NBA-SPIDEL), Monday Ubani, raised the affiliation’s objection to the affirmation of Mrs. Onochie in a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Kabiru Gaya.
Ubani urged the Senate committee to reject her nomination and deny her affirmation as INEC Commissioner.
He argued that Mrs. Onochie is unfit for the place she was nominated for, being as a card-carrying member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or another celebration for that matter.
“I additionally doubt that Part 154 (3) of the Structure was complied with, which prescribes that the President nominates INEC Commissioner in session with the Council of State
Paragraph B of Half 1 of the Third Schedule of the Structure offers that the Council of State shall have energy to advise the President within the train of his energy with respect to (iv) the INEC, together with the appointment of members of the fee. When was this Part and paragraph complied with, if I could ask?
Most significantly, Paragraph 14 of Half I of the Third Schedule of the Structure (as amended) in Part 30 Number one of 2020, says a member of INEC needs to be ‘non-partisan’. Can Mrs. Lauretta Onochie be regarded by anybody in Nigeria, understanding her antecedent because the Particular Assistant to the President, as ‘non-partisan’ beneath the Nigerian context? The appropriate reply is No,” Ubani added.