Buhari has appointed his Special Adviser on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie as the substantive Chairman of the Board of NDDC.
President Muhammadu Buhari today, asked the Senate to confirm the appointment of his Special Adviser on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie as the substantive Chairman of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC).
Buhari’s letter which was read at plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, also named 15 others as members of the Board.
Recall that President Buhari had nominated Onochie alongside three others as commissioners of the electoral body INEC on October 13th, 2020. Lauretta was nominated as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) representing Delta State.
The Nigerian Senate rejected her appointment after the Senate committee discovered that Onochie was “greatly partisan based on her conviction that All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Buhari are the best for Nigeria”.
Apart from the fact that Opposition senators (PDP) were unanimous in their rejection of Onochie, some APC senators also opposed to her emergence.
Three years ago, Nigeria’s former vice-president and current presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, sued Ms. Lauretta for N2.5billion over an alleged libel and defamation of character over an alleged libelous tweet she posted on her Twitter handle on May 7, 2019.
In the tweet, Onochie wrote that Atiku was on the See list of security operatives in the United Arab Emirates and had traveled to shop for terrorists in the Middle East.
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