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Nigeria: Furore as Buhari picks close aide Onochie as Delta State electoral commissioner

By Nwokoye Mpi
Posted on Friday, 25 June 2021 17:54

Independent National Electoral Commission workers are seen during the Nigeria's governorship and state assembly election at the Gwarinpa ward in Abuja, Nigeria 9 March 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

The credibility of the 2023 national elections in Nigeria is at stake in a row triggered by President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Lauretta Onochie, a supporter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Delta State.

Opposition parties and civic activists say Onochie candidacy’s must be withdrawn because the law states clearly that political party members are barred from serving as electoral commissioners. Some oppositionists suggest Onochie’s appointment could be part of a bigger plan by the ruling APC to rig national elections in 2023.