The All Progressives Congress (APC) says Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members are commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Some members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have also acted as INEC commissioners, according to the ruling party.
In response to criticism of the nomination, APC Deputy Spokesman Yekini Nabena said in a
statement on Friday that Johnson Alalibo was a member of the PDP prior to his
appointment as Edo State resident Electoral Commissioner.
Further defending Onochie’s appointment, the party concluded that Mahmood Yakubu, the
current INEC chairman, was originally appointed by the Federal Government before becoming chairman of the Commission.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Lauretta Onochie as a National Electoral
Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission has been subject to rash,
subjective, misplaced, and selective criticism by the Peoples Democratic Party and some interest groups.
“Perhaps the PDP needs to be reminded that one of its card-carrying members, Dr. Johnson
Alalibo is the current Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner.
“Alalibo who was also a former Deputy Whip in the Bayelsa state house of assembly has
been an electoral asset to the PDP but that is an issue to be addressed another day.
“Since public service now equates ‘partisanship’ we invite the Peoples Democratic Party to
equally fault appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the current INEC Chairman who was
the immediate-past Executive Secretary of the government’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), as well as the earlier, stated Dr. Johnson Alalibo,” the statement reads partly.
“We also call on the PDP to challenge the ‘unquestionable honesty’ of brazen PDP apologists
such as Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and
Voter Education Committee; Mike Igini, Akwa Ibom State’s resident electoral commissioner (REC), among others.”