APC member and INEC chairman

Jega advises on Lauretta’s position as INEC commissioner

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Attahiru Jega has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the nomination of his aide, Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of INEC.

He said this would prevent erosion of confidence from the electoral body and process.

Jega also warned the National Assembly against confirming her appointment.

This, according to him, will help to avoid controversy.

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Jega told Buhari to replace her with another female from her state, noting there are many other eligible women for the job.

He spoke on Sunday Politics, a current affairs program on Channels Television, on Sunday night.

Jega said: “This kind of controversy is really avoidable. Any person who generated such a controversy; the appointing authorities should be careful because you don’t want to appoint anybody that can raise suspicions or doubts or can lead to a loss of trust of the electoral management body.”

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