President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, replaced Lauretta Onochie whom he initially appointed for the job of INEC’s National Commissioner, and reappointed Malam Mohammed Haruna (Niger, North Central) and Mrs May Agbamuche Mbu (Delta, South South).
The president also reappointed Mbu as a replacement to his earlier nomination of Lauretta Onochie who was rejected by the Senate after screening.
Ukeagu Kenneth Nnamdi (Abia – South East), Major General A. B. Alkali (rtd) – (Adamawa, North East), Engr. (Prof.) Rhoda H. Gumus (Bayelsa – South-South), Mr. Sam Olumekan (Ondo – South West) were also nominated by the president as National Commissioners of INEC and Olaniyi Olaleye Ijalaye (Ondo – South West) as Resident Electoral Commissioner.
Buhari, in a letter dated December 10, 2021 and addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan, requested the Senate to confirm the nominees.
Before her nomination as a Commissioner of INEC in October 2020 Lauretta Onochie, is the special Assistant to the president on New Media.
Her nomination had elicited outrage, with many opposition politicians and civil society groups calling for her rejection on the grounds that she was too partisan to serve in a sensitive institution.
She had also been accused of being a card-carrying member of All Progressives Congress; a claim she denied during her screening. Her nomination was rejected in July based on federal character principle.