Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie on Thursday said her membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stopped after the 2019 general elections.
She made this revelation before the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while she was being screened.
When quizzed further by former Deputy Senate President, Dr Ike Ekweremadu; Senator Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa West) and Senator Itsifanus Gyang (Plateau South); Onochie admitted she discontinued her membership of APC in 2019 and she did not partake in the revalidation of membership of the party held early 2021.
She said, “Like I said, as from 2019, after President Muhammad Buhari was reelected, my duties in politics ended and it stopped. And all my concern thereafter was to support Mr President”.
Speaking further, She could not refute the affidavit she sworn to at a Federal High Court, after she returned from the United Kingdom, where she affirmed that she was an APC member and a member of the Buhari Support Group.
Recall that many Civil Society Groups and the opposition parties had kicked against the nomination of Onochie, who was the Senior Assistant to President Buhari in his first tenure.
Aside from allegations of being in partisan politics, it was also noted that Onochie hails from Delta State, whereas, a serving Federal Commissioner in INEC also hails from the same state, which negates the Federal Character principle of Nigeria’s constitution.