THE Christian Association of Nigeria – CAN, has condemned the nomination of a Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, as a member of the Independent National Electoral Commission – INEC.
CAN leadership Thursday described Onochie’s nomination as “an executive recklessness.’’
The association also said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to nominate, Onochie – his aide, was a slap on the populace, adding that the move violated the 1999 Constitution (as Amended).
“According to Section 156 (1) (a) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) Act No 1, 2010, a member of the INEC “shall not be a member of a political party,” part of the statement said, pointing that Onochie is a card carrying member of the ruling All Progressives Congress – APC.
“Furthermore, although the president has power to appoint members of INEC whenever there are vacancies, he is expected to abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in doing so. He is required to consult with the Council of State as stated in section 154 (3) of the Constitution and we have no record that this had been done before forwarding Onochie’s name to the Senate.
“If this observation is correct, then the President erred in law by forwarding her name to the Senate as demanded by Section 154 (1) of the Constitution which says the appointment of the members of the Independent National Electoral Commission shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate,” said CAN.