Lauretta Onochie’s recent Tweets emerges showing she might have lied to Senate panel about her non partisanship


By Mukwuzi Joseph

Despite denying allegiance to the All Progressives Congress (APC), an old tweet has now emerged indicating that presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, supported and promoted the party in 2020, contrary to her claim that she quitting Partisan Politics in 2019.

Ms Onochie on Thursday appeared before the Senate Committee on INEC which screened her for the position of national commissioner for the electoral umpire.

She was nominated for the position by President Muhammadu Buhari in October 2020. If confirmed, she will represent Delta State and by extension, the South-south geopolitical zone on the Commission.

However, her nomination has triggered outrage among Nigerians with many describing it as unconstitutional.

Many Nigerians have asked the president to withdraw the nomination on grounds that Ms Onochie is partisan and so it would be undemocratic for her to be appointed into such an office.

Civil Society Organisations have also petitioned the Senate opposing Ms Onochie’s appointment. While the main opposition party, PDP, also protested her nomination.

During her screening exercise, Ms Onochie claimed she is not partisan anymore.

Ms Onochie who said she is out of politics, described herself as “madam due process.”

“I have seen the petitions against me but I stand for justice and fairness. Thus nobody has anything to fear. I am madam due process and this is the reason behind my attacks, because I follow the law and due process.

“Since Buhari was elected as president for the second term, I have removed myself from everything about politics. Since 2019, I don’t have anything to do with politics. As I am sitting down here, I am not a member of any political party in this country,” she told the panel.

But Ms Onochie’s claim is false.

A tweet by the presidential aide on June 24, 2020 shows she promoted the APC stating that the party was going through a growth process.

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