The Senate on Wednesday referred the name of the Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie, to its Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for screening as a National Commissioner of the commission representing Delta State.

This happened about eight months after President Muhammdu Buhari had forwarded Onochie’s name and five other nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

Onochie’s nomination had generated controversy with critical stakeholders arguing that her choice was not in order in view of her alleged “artisanship and identification” with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Other nominees also referred to the Committee on INEC include Prof. Mohammed Sani representing Katsina; Prof. Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti), Seidu Babura Ahmed (Jigawa), Prof. Sani Mohammad Adam (Northcentral) and Dr. Baba Bila (Northeast).