Oct 5, 2011 President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Lawrence Nwuruku, Nigeria’s former ambassador to Mexico, as national commissioner replacing Philip Umeadi at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A letter seeking the confirmation of Nwuruku’s appointment was read at the senate on Tuesday by Senate President David Mark.
Nwuruku was once a Minister of State for Industry and was tipped to replace Nwodo as chairman of People’s Democratic Party early this year. In 2003, he was the governorship candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) in Ebonyi State.
He replaces Umeadi, who is leaving INEC after several years of controversial service. He joined INEC in 2006 at a relatively young age and was considered a technocrat on the INEC board. He later became INEC National Commissioner for publicity and later Legal Affairs. He was one of the long standing staffers of the electoral body, who were tipped to head the body after the removal of Maurice Iwu in 2010.
Umeadi lost out a bid to act as chairman of the body following Iwu’s removal, after allegations that he was once involved in examination malpractice at UNIBEN, where he later got a law degree, erupted in the media.
He also made the news when he was accused by opposition political parties of promoting the interest of the ruling People’s Democratic Party in INEC. His removal from INEC would be received with great excitement by opposition parties.
Ironically however, his replacement does not bring so much joy either. Nwuruku, like Umeadi, is a card carrying member of the PDP. Daily Times