Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President, has directed the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to screen Lauretta Onochie, a presidential aide, as commissioner of the electoral body.
Lawan gave the directive to the Senate committee on Wednesday following a motion moved by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, the Senate Majority Leader, during plenary.
Onochie is a Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senate President comes eight months after President Muhammadu Buhari asked the upper legislative chamber to screen and confirm her.
The president sent his request for her confirmation as the nominee of Delta State in the commission in October 2020.
Many Nigerians condemned the nomination because they believe Onochie is partisan, as she is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Joining his voice to that of Nigerians opposing the nomination was Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader, who protested when asked to second the motion on Wednesday.
He said: “In seconding this motion, we had dealt with the matter of renomination of Lauretta Onochie.
“We feel surprised that that same name has resurfaced not as a national commissioner but as a Delta state commissioner, Mr President, reluctantly, I second the motion.”
But responding, Lawan clarified that the nominees are not state commissioners but national.
The Senate President then gave the INEC committee two weeks to report back on the nominations.