Main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has derided President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Ms Lauretta Onochie, for denying her membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) during screening by the senate, Thursday, for appointment as National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
PDP said Onochie was ‘denying her life in desperation’ to be appointed as a national commissioner in INEC.
According to the party, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Thursday, ‘Nigerians were amused to watch Lauretta Onochie, a nationally known APC front runner, as she spewed falsehood before the Senator Kabiru Gaya-led Senate Committee on INEC in denial of her membership of the APC.’
“With her lies, Lauretta Onochie, a die in the wool APC member, whose name appears as number 2 on the ward 4 register of the APC in Aniocha Local Government Area of Delta state, has further demonstrated her lack of integrity to be trusted with the position of a national commissioner in INEC.
“Lauretta Onochie in her escapade in the Senate, may have forgotten that the lawmakers and Nigerians in general are aware of her subsisting oath filed in a pending suit in court affirming her membership of the APC, which she further reinforced and adopted under cross examination in the same matter very recently.
“With such proclivity to desperate denials in the face of the truth, allowing Lauretta Onochie, anywhere near INEC, would pollute the commission as well as the conduct of elections by the commission.
The party, therefore, urged the Senator Gaya Committee on INEC to ‘stand on the side of the constitution and the sanctity of our electoral process by outrightly rejecting the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner.’