VERDICT: False and Misleading
On Thursday, October 15, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted news story on a blog, Wazobia Reporters, claiming that the Nigerian Senate had rejected the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a national commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The report claimed that the Senate had asked the presidency to reconsider the nomination of Onochie, an aide to the President Buhari on Social Media.
Also, the blog quoted the source of its claim as the Nigerian Daily.
Checks by the CDD shows that the claim by the blog on the rejection of Onochie as a national commissioner for INEC is false.
President Buhari nominated Onochie on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, as national commissioner for INEC alongside three others, Mohammed Sani (Katsina); Kunle Ajayi (Ekiti) and Seidu Ahmed (Jigawa State).
However, checks by the CDD show that the website which the blog claimed to have sourced its report had nothing relating to the acclaimed rejection of Onochie as the President’s nomination for INEC’s national commissioner by the Senate.
Essentially, once the President presents a nomination list to the Senate for an appointment, the Upper Chamber would send the list to the relevant committee for background checks and screening of the individuals on the list.
Following the completion of screening, the appropriate committee would submit a report of its findings to the Senate leadership for further decision on the nominations. This process is, however, yet to be completed as the Senate has not made a further announcement or taken action on the matter since announcing the President’s nomination at the plenary on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The claim that the Senate had rejected the President’s nomination of Lauretta Onochie as the national chairman for INEC is false.
The Senate is yet to take any further action on the list presented by President Buhari since the first announcement at the plenary on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can also forward suspicious messages for verification via WhatsApp to +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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