Chairman of the Committee, Kabiru Gaya, in his report, said Onochie did not satisfy the provisions of the Federal Character principles.
The Senate, however, confirmed five other nominees, including Muhammad Sani Kallah (Katsina), Kunle Ajayi (Ekiti), Saidu Ahmad (Jigawa), Baba Bila (North-East) and Prof. Abdullahi Zuru (North-West).
Kabiru Gaya (APC-Kano), while presenting the report of the screening of the nominees, told the Senate that it was against the federal character principle to have two persons from the same state as an INEC national commissioner.
He cited the presence of May Agbamuche Mbu from Delta, as a national commissioner of INEC, as the
Senate also stood down the confirmation of Sani Adam (North-Central) for further legislative work.
Meanwhile, former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has appraised the Senate’s action stating that it portends great hope for democracy And urged the Senate to subject itself to representing the interest of Nigerians.