Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the nomination of his Personal Assistant on Social Media, Mrs Lauretta Onochie as a Federal Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC).
Tambuwal made the call when he swore in the Chairman and members of the Sokoto State Independent Electoral Commission at the Council Chamber of the Government House, Sokoto.
He said, “I am appealing to PMB to rise above sentiments and do the needful, go by the Constitution as President of Nigeria and not the President of the All Progressives Congress to withdraw the nomination of Onochie in the interest of this country.
“We must be seen to be doing what will consolidate our gains in the electoral process, not what will, obviously, put us in reverse gear. This individual is not ultra-APC, partisan; that is very clearly someone that cannot be recommended for this office. I think Mr President should reconsider his position and respond to the comments of well-meaning Nigerians who reject this nomination.”
Tambuwal, who is also the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Governors Forum (PDP-GF) stated that “we should all know that as leaders, we are expected to live above board as there are some irreducible minimum expectations of Nigerians on us when it comes to certain things.
“When you appoint someone who is very clearly a partisan individual into an electoral body, the signs are not too good. I believe that the best legacy that PMB can leave for Nigeria and indeed Nigerians is an improvement upon our electoral process.”
TheNewsGuru.com, TNG, reports that there was nationwide uproar on Tuesday when the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan read out a letter received from the president requesting that Onochie and some other nominees be confirmed as Federal Commissioners of the electoral body.