The senate committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the screening of Lauretta Onochie, a presidential aide.
In June, Senate President Ahmad Lawan directed the senate committee on INEC to screen Onochie — eight months after Buhari sent her name for confirmation.
The president sent his request for her confirmation in October 2020.
Many Nigerians condemned the nomination on the grounds that Onochie is partisan. She is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The presidential aide will be screened alongside Muhammad Kallah, Kunle Ajayi, Saidu Ahmad, Sani Adam and Baba Bila — all of whom were nominated by the president as INEC commissioners.
Owing to the outcry by many over Onochie’s nomination, Ajibola Basiru, senate spokesman, asked Nigerians to petition the upper legislative chamber if they think she is not qualified for the position.