Buhari Appoints Lauretta Onochie As NDDC Chairman

The President, Mohammadu Buhari, has appointed as the substantive chairman of the Niger Delta Development Board (NDDC).

Buhari Appoints Lauretta Onochie As NDDC Chairman

asked the senate to confirm Onochie as the substantive chairman of NDDC.

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The president’s request was contained in a letter read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Wednesday.

Apart from Onochie, the president sent the names of 15 other nominees as board members of the commission.

This is not the first time the president appointed Onochie to a position that is subject to the confirmation of the senate.

Onochie was nominated as a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in October 2020.

Her nomination sparked outrage over concerns that she is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but the presidential aide said she resigned her membership of the ruling party in 2019.

In 2021, when the upper legislative chamber considered and screened her for the appointment, she was eventually disqualified.

At the time, the senate disqualified her on the grounds that had already nominated May Agbamuche as the INEC commissioner from Delta — the same state Onochie hails from.

“In 2016, we confirmed a national commissioner from Delta state, Mrs May Agbamuche and confirming Onochie from the same Delta will violate the federal character,” Kabiru Gaya, chairman of the senate committee on INEC, had said at the time.

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