The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, said the rejection of the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the Senate was a victory for democracy and Nigerians.
The opposition party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also said the rejection of Onochie saved Nigeria from serious crisis that may befall the country in the 2023 general elections.
The Senate had earlier on Tuesday approved the nomination of five INEC National Commissioners but rejected Onochie and suspended the confirmation of another nominee, Prof. Sani Adam.
The other nominees- Prof. Muhammad Kallah, Prof. Kunle Ajayi, Saidu Ahmad, Baba Bila and Abdullahi Zuru, were confirmed by the Senate.
The upper chamber said it rejected Onochie, who is the Special Assistant to the President on New Media, because her nomination did not satisfy Section 14 (1)3 which borders on federal character principle.
Reacting, the PDP described the rejection ‚Äúas the triumph of the Nigerian people over the barefaced attempt by the Buhari led-APC administration to corrupt and hijack the commission ahead of 2023 elections.”
‚ÄúThe PDP asserts that the rejection of Lauretta Onochie by Nigerians has saved the nation from very serious crisis as well as salvaged INEC and the entire Nigerian electoral process from a ruinous pollution that would have led to the collapse of our democratic order.
‚ÄúThe party asserts that Onochie‚Äôs vexatious nomination, in total affront to paragraph 14 of the 3rd schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), was a very dangerous machination by the Buhari-led APC Presidency against our electoral process, in the attempt to subvert the will of the people in the 2023 elections.
‚ÄúThe APC (All Progressives Congress), in spite of its shenanigans, is aware that it will have difficulties winning election at any level in a free, fair and credible election and as such it is determined to rig every process ahead of the 2023 elections.
‚ÄúOur party, therefore, commends Nigerians including civil society organizations, the media as well as other political parties, for joining forces with the PDP in fighting for the sanctity of our electoral process by resisting Onochie‚Äôs nomination.
‚ÄúThe stiff resistance displayed by Nigerians across board, in repelling this vicious attempt to hijack and pollute the electoral commission, underscores their collective and unwavering determination to resist and kick out the APC in 2023, despite its shenanigans,‚ÄĚ the PDP statement said.