President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, Lauretta Onochie, has told the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Committee that she is no more a member of the All Progressives Congress.
Admitting swearing an oath at an Abuja Federal High Court that she was a member of the APC; Lauretta, however said she stopped being a member of the party immediately after the 2019 elections.
Onochie further told the panel that Mrs May Agbamuche, a serving INEC National Commissioner from Delta State, is actually representing Cross River on the board of the electoral umpire.
Onochie’s nomination provoked, serious public outcry with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and civil society organisations (CSOs), kicking against her nomination because she currently serves as Senior Special Assistant on New Media to President Buhari.
The PDP said Onochie is a card-carrying member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC); and by virtue of her political affiliation with the APC, she is not fit and proper to be appointed as an election officer for Delta State.
The party argued that Onochie would pollute the atmosphere of neutrality, and fair play in the Commission if the Senate goes ahead to approve her nomination.