The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has condemned the appointment of Lauretta Onochie, a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by President Muhammadu Buhari, Page 36 learnt.
Lauretta Onochie is the Special Assistant to the President, on Social Media.
Her nomination was announced among three others, during the Senate plenary, on Tuesday.
However, Governor Wike, while addressing the EndSARS protestors at the Government House, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, said that Nigerian youths have refused to set their priorities right.
He stated that even though the EndSARS protest is heating up, young people should focus on real issues, including demanding for a reform of the Nigerian system.
His words: “In Nigeria, we must choose our priority. Nobody is talking. Let me tell you, just now we have heard that Mr. President has appointed his Media Aide (Lauretta Onochie) as an INEC Commissioner.
“You appoint your own Media Aide as a Commissioner in INEC, and you are saying that you want INEC to be independent. How will that INEC be independent, and nobody is talking about it. Nobody is protesting about it.
“So, as you are protesting for Police reforms, also protest that Mr. President cannot bring his own Aide to be a National Commissioner in INEC. That is what is supposed to be done.
“That is rigging. They have started rigging ahead of 2023, and nobody is saying anything.”