Former governor of Kano state and current Chairman, Senate Committee on Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Kabiru Gaya has stated that Social Media Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as Resident Electoral Commissioner ( REC ) was never stepped down by the Senate.
Senator Kabiru Gaya stated this in an exclusive interview with Saturday Sun.
In response to a question on why the Senate stepped down the nomination of a serving appointee of President Buhari, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie as Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya said that the Senate at no time stepped down the nomination.
“Well, let me use this opportunity to clarify that the Senate has not stepped down the nomination of Lauretta as commissioner or as resident electoral commissioner.
“The fact is that the President has forwarded her name to the Senate but it didn’t come to the Senate committee on INEC because once it is read on the floor, the report will be submitted or be referred to the committee on INEC, that’s the following day in the order paper.
“It had not come to the floor of the senate, therefore no decision has been taken about Lauretta, her name did not come to the committee, it is when her name is sent, that is the time we will take the decision.
“So she has never been disqualified or thrown out of the Senate or the committee on INEC,” Senator Kabiru Gaya said.
Recall that President Buhari nominated Lauretta Onochie from Delta State alongside three other nominees, Prof.
Mohammed Sani from Katsina State; Prof. Kunle Ajayi from Ekiti State and Seidu Ahmed from Jigawa.
President Buhari in a letter to the Senate, said the appointment is “pursuant to paragraph 14 of part 11 of the first schedule of the 1999 constitution.”