Reactions have trailed the rejection of Lauretta Onochie, aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the Nigerian Senate.
DAILY POST had reported that the Senate, on Tuesday, declined Lauretta Onochie’s nomination.
In a report by the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabir Gaya said her nomination breaches federal character principles.
Gaya cited Section 14 (1) 3 of the Constitution, stating that somebody was already a Commissioner from her zone, and the law remains clear about that.
Reacting, some Nigerians on social media hailed Onochie’s rejection saying it was victory for democracy.
Others, however, urged the Senate to pass electoral act bill.
Here are some comments DAILY POST gathered from Twitter.
@Atikurenaisance, “Ike Ekweremadu did wonders here.The worst is that she can’t go back to APC after she denied them three times.”
@TheBriden, “Thank you @iamHSDickson and other members of the committee for preserving our democracy.”
@Mrkancyril, “The rejection of Lauretta Onochie as an INEC commissioner by the Senate is great news.But, can they also barred her from holding any appointed office other than the SS on SM to Bubu?”
@gheniskhan, “Lauretta denied APC 3 times before cameras. APC helped her by further denying her membership in a letter made available to the press. Now she is just there, no appointment or party.”
@Theoabuagada, “Dear Nigerians, this is the good news I tweeted about yesterday. You all have no idea the implications of having a brazenly partisan person as an INEC commissioner. We all did it together.”
@emmaikumeh,”Now the Senate has rejected the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as National Commissioner for INEC. She can now go back to her ward and collect her party membership card.”
@judeferanmi, “Civic Engagement Works. The Senate has rejected the nomination of Ms Lauretta Onochie. Lawmakers should represent the people, not one man or one party’s interests.”
@Manlikeicey, “Lauretta Onochie is a well known Buhari apologist and even his former media aide but they still wanted to make her INEC commissioner, these old men don’t even rate us sha. I commend the Senate for rejecting her.”
@Ayemojubar, “If we had kept quiet, they would have confirmed Lauretta Onochie.Hope you got the point: Put PRESSURE! Stay FOCUSED!.”
@buchinjere, “Was Lauretta Onochie’s nomination to prove to us the independence of the current Senate? Good try.”
@chrisrexcollins, “Now that the @NGRSenate has done the much expected needful by REJECTING Lauretha Onochie can they also follow suit by passing the much desired electoral act with electronic transmission of votes.”