The fallout of the screening of Lauretta Onochie as a commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission rages as court documents revealed that she once proudly declared her membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
1st News reports that the document is a witness statement on oath deposed to by Onochie.
Onochie, currently the Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, confirmed in the document, a copy of which was sighted by 1st News, that she is into active politics. She also described herself as a “volunteer at the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO)”; a vibrant network of Mr Buhari’s staunch political supporters since the 2015 elections.
Onochie filed the statement on oath; as part of a libel suit which she instituted at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja, in 2016.
In the suit marked CV/852/16, Onochie seeks N1 billion in damages against Emeka Ugwuonye, whom she accused of defaming her; by referring to her as a trafficker of young girls for international prostitution; in a Facebook post of January 21, 2016.
The suit was amended and refiled on March 8, 2017.
Onochie made the disclosure in the document, claiming to be an educationist and ‘active politician’; whose reputation was injured by the Facebook post complained of in her suit.
She stated that with the “words” used in the post, her reputation “has been seriously injured in her character, credit, reputation and integrity” and “has been brought to public scandal, odium, and contempt and has suffered damage”.
“I am an educationist having served as Headmistress of Aunt Margaret International School Calabar and Principal of Holy Child Secondary School, Calabar. I have also served as a Lecturer at the Epping Forest College Essex United Kingdom,” she said of her career as an educationist.
Regarding her political career, she said, “That I am also engaged in active politics; and a member of the Neighbourhood Watch; and has also contested the Local Government elections under the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom.
“I am also a member of the All Progressives Congress and a volunteer at the Buhari Support Group.”