The Senate has accepted Prof. Sani Muhammad Adam, as the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The senate had looked into a complaint against Adam and received explanations about his personal life, professional experience, and integrity in preparation for his appointment as a National Electoral Commissioner. Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Kabiru Gaya confirmed Prof. Sani Muhammad Adam as the new commissioner of INEC.
Gaya said: “After a thorough investigation of the petition against the nominee, the committee found that the petition was weak and that the reason for his termination, not dismissal as alleged by the petitioner, was not based on gross misconduct, but on a rationalisation policy of the Federal Government,”.
Lauretta Onochie appeared before Senator Kabir Gaya led Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday and she was made to answer some questions in line with the consideration of being appointed as Commissioner of INEC.
She said: “Distinguished members of the Committee, I am aware of the numerous petitions against me particularly on the current INEC Commissioner. The woman is from Delta State where I also come from, but she is married to a Cross River man and she is representing Cross River and not Delta.
“Since 2019 elections, I have removed myself from active politics and even in the ongoing APC membership drive, I didn’t register and currently, I am not a member of any political party,”
However, an affidavit has surfaced online that shows Lauretta Onochie to be a staunch member of the APC.
Part of the affidavit read: “That I am an educationist having served as Headmistress of Auntie Margaret International School, Calabar. I have also served as a lecturer at the Epping Forest College, Essex, United Kingdom.
“That I am also engaged in active politics and a member of the Neighborhood Watch and has also contested the Local Government elections under the Conservative party in the United Kingdom.