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JUST IN: Buhari appoints Lauretta Onochie as Niger Delta Commission chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Lauretta Onochie as chairman of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Buhari, in a letter, to Senate President Ahmad Lawan, also announced the nomination of 15 others as NDDC board members.

The president requested the Senate confirm Onochie and other nominees to the NDDC board.

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Recall that Buhari in October 2020, nominated Onochie as National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to represent Delta State.

Her nomination was greeted with massive 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 like INEC.

She was also accused of being a card-carrying member of All Progressives Congress, a claim she denied three times during her screening.

The Senate rejected her nomination based on federal character principle.

The chairman of the screening panel, Senator Kabiru Gaya said there was currently a serving commissioner of INEC from Delta State, where Onochie hails from, and confirming her appointment would violate constitutional provision.

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