The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has again kicked against the confirmation of Mrs. Lauretta Onochie, as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Recall that Senate President Ahmed Lawan had directed the Committee on INEC to screen Lauretta Onochie and five others as INEC commissioners.
The Senate took this decision eight months after President Buhari sent the list of the nominees to the Senate for screening.
Reacting in a statement on Sunday through its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP warned the Senate not to test the will of the people by pushing through the confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide,
The main opposition party accused Lawan of testing the will of the people by his failure to reject Onochie’s nomination as demanded by Nigerians.
The PDP warned that Lawan is pitting the Senate against Nigerians, adding that the consequence of such arrogant derision to the definite provision of the 1999 Constitution as well as the precise demands by Nigerians to return Onochie’s nomination to the president could cost the institution its respect with the people.
The PDP said, “Our party is appalled that Senator Lawan, who swore to protect the constitution, will brazenly debase its clear provision in paragraph 14 of the 3rd schedule by sending a card-carrying member of a political party for clearance as INEC national commissioner.”
“If he meant well, Senator Lawan ought to, upon receiving the obnoxious nomination, immediately return same to President Buhari and advise him to send a replacement,” it added.
“Senator Lawan must know that he is holding the office of the Senate president in trust and that the constitution has ample and unambiguous provisions with regard to a legislative official, who chooses to grossly violate its provisions, as being witnessed in his desperation to confirm Onochie as INEC official.”
The PDP urged the Chairman of Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, to detach and distance himself from Lawan, in his mission to desecrate the sanctity of the electoral system.