The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission has started the screening of Lauretta Onochie as one of the National Commissioners of INEC.
This is coming amid protests from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and different civil society groups.
The nomination of Onochie, who is currently the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media was fiercely kicked against by the PDP and some civil society organisations.
Amid all the protests, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South) led Committee on Thursday to engage Onochie and others for the new job.
Others the committee is expected to screen alongside Onochie are Professor Mohammed Sani, Professor Kunle Ajayi, Ekiti; Saidu Ahmad, Jigawa; Professor Muhammad Kallah, Katsina; Dr Baba Bila, North-East, and Professor Sani Adam, North-Central.
Onochie is already in the Senate and waiting to be screened when this report was filed.
A week ago, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus had stormed the National Assembly with other members of the National Working Committee of the party to protest Onochie’s nomination.
According to them, Onochie is a member of the ruling APC and must not be saddled with a position as INEC commissioner, which they argued, is a very sensitive position and that she might compromise it to the detriment of democracy and the country.