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Senate May Reject President Buhari’s Request



Indications have emerged that the Nigerian Senate may reject Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) representing Delta State.

Naija News reports that Onochie is a Personal Assitant on Social Media to President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to TheNation, Onochie’s nomination is among the big issues on the agenda of the Senate ahead of its Sallah break and annual vacation.

There were indications at the weekend that Onochie was among issues that have caused ripples in the Ninth Senate.

A member of the Nigerian Senate disclosed that there were doubts about the possibility that she would be confirmed.

When told that it appeared the Senate had made up its mind to clear Onochie for the INEC job, he disagreed, saying: “Never mind all the stories they (the media) are writing. I doubt it.”

Meanwhile, a former governor of Zamfara State, Sani Yerima has stated that he is in planning to succeed Buhari in 2023.

In an interview with newsmen at the weekend in Abuja, Senator Yerima said he is vying for the top spot in the country in 2023 because he is qualified to run based on the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, however, noted that he would only shelve his ambition if the party finally zoned the ticket to the South.

Speaking on the power tussle in Zamfara APC, Yerima asked all political actors in the state to embrace peace and be united to avoid a repeat of the 2019 scenario.

He admitted that there was disagreement in the state chapter of the APC over Governor Bello Matawalle’s defection to the party.

Yerima said that a former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa who were not in support of the governor being the leader of the party in the state will see reason to support the governor.

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