The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart and President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, for denying her membership of the ruling party in order to be appointed as a national commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking during her screening before the Senate Committee on INEC, Thursday, Onochie said she withdrew her membership of the APC in 2019, immediately after President Muhammadu Buhari won his second term in office.
PDP in a statement by it National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Thursday claimed that “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, the party added.
Continuing, the statement read “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.
“Now that the fact of Onochie’s partisanship has been further laid bare before the Senate, the PDP urges the Senator Gaya Committee on INEC to stand on the side of the constitution and the sanctity of our electoral process by out rightly rejecting the nomination of Onochie as INEC commissioner.”