YIAGA advice senate to reject INEC state commissioners nominated by Buhari

A non-profit civic hub, YIAGA Africa has asked the Senate to reject 19 nominees for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Residential Electoral Commissioners sent by President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in July asked the Senate to confirm 19 nominees as INEC Commissioners.

Reacting to the nomination, the Executive Director of YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo called on the Senate to reject the nominees for INEC RECs.

He spoke when he appeared on Channel Television on Monday night.

He claimed that the nominations were an attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government to capture INEC for political gain ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Itodo alleged that some of those nominees are partisan, hence their nominations should be immediately rejected by the Red Chamber. YIAGA Africa boss also advised the Senate to ask the President to send new nominees for confirmation as INEC RECs.

He said the nominees would undermine INEC’s capacity to resist those who intend to circumvent the electoral process in 2023, adding that their nominations is an aberration of the constitution.

He said: “Nigerians need to know that there is an attempt to capture INEC. And this is not the first time. It started with an attempt to appoint Lauretta Onochie.

“We are 179 days to the elections; RECs have not been confirmed. And you’ve now appointed people who have partisan leanings,” he added.

“The Senate needs to rise to the occasion by rejecting these nominees and ask the President to re-nominate them. It (the nominations) is an aberration of the constitution.”

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