Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the nomination of his controversial media aide, Lauretta Onochie as a Federal Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner.

Tambuwal made the request when he swore in the Chairman and members of the Sokoto State Independent Electoral Commission at the Council Chamber of the Government House, Sokoto.

The governor urged the president to “rise above sentiments and do the needful, go by the Constitution as President of Nigeria and not the President of the All Progressives Congress to withdraw the nomination of Onochie in the interest of this country.”

He added, “We must be seen to be doing what will consolidate our gains in the electoral process, not what will, obviously, put us in reverse gear. This individual is not ultra-APC, partisan; that is very clearly someone that cannot be recommended for this office. I think Mr President should reconsider his position and respond to the comments of well-meaning Nigerians who reject this nomination.

“We should all know that as leaders, we are expected to live above board as there are some irreducible minimum expectations of Nigerians on us when it comes to certain things.

“When you appoint someone who is very clearly a partisan individual into an electoral body, the signs are not too good. I believe that the best legacy that PMB can live for Nigeria and indeed Nigerians is an improvement upon our electoral process.”