Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday led a protest to the National Assembly, Abuja over the nomination of Lauretta Onochie, Senior Special Assistant on Social Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, as National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission representing the South-South.
Onochie was nominated as an INEC commissioner by President Muhammadu Buhari in October 2020.
Eight months after her nomination, Ahmad Lawan, Senate President, asked the Committee on INEC to commence the screening process.
The protesters who stormed the National Assembly on Wednesday urged the lawmakers to reject Onochie.
Secondus claimed her nomination goes contrary to the provisions of the constitution, which prohibits nomination of partisan people for the office.
“We are here protesting today to make the final point of total rejection of Lauretta Onochie, that she must be totally rejected by the Senate and National Assembly, she’s partisan.
“We don’t need INEC to be polluted. If she’s cleared, then she will be representing one party called APC (All Progressives Congress) and that can cause a lot of problems for our country,” the PDP chairman said.
Onochie is known for using her social media platforms to express her loyalty to the ruling APC and has been exposed to peddle propaganda and misinformation.