Nigeria: Reject Onochie’s INEC nomination on dual nationality ground, CSOs tell National Assembly

Published: 24/Jun/2021
Source: Guardian (Abuja)

By Matthew Ogune, Abuja

A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has asked the National Assembly to reject the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) commissioner “based on the fact that she is a British citizen.”

Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja on behalf of the group, board member at YIAGA Africa, Ezenwa Nwagwu, pointed out that Onochies’s alleged dual citizenship contravened Sections 156(1a) and 66(1a) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

He said: “Further proof of Mrs. Onochie being a British citizen is contained in the fact that until recently, she was a full, card-carrying member of the British Conservative Party, even contesting elections for a councillorship position in Thames ward in the London Borough of Barking and Degenham in 2010 as a member of the UK Conservative Party.

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Themes: Nationality of Politicians
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2021