- The Coalition of United Political Parties has alleged that INEC is planning to use beneficiaries of the federal government’s N-Power programme as ad-hoc staff in the polls
- The coalition which alleged that INEC had already started recruiting the N-Power beneficiaries, urged President Buhari to call the electoral umpire to order immediately
- In reaction, however, the electoral commission said it is recruiting NYSC members, not N-Power beneficiaries
As the 2019 general elections approach, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that there are plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt beneficiaries of the federal government’s N-Power programme as ad-hoc staff in the polls.
The allegation was made by the coalition's first national spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, in a statement released on Sunday, January 20, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Ikenga said INEC had already started recruiting the N-Power beneficiaries, and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the electoral umpire to order immediately.
The statement read in part: "The president wants to use the beneficiaries of their failed N-Power programme to technically rig the election.
"The INEC chairman should ensure the credibility, which he promised Nigerians by making sure that no N-Power beneficiary is recruited as ad-hoc staff in the election, because it’s clear that these so-called beneficiaries are going to be used by President Buhari and his APC cohorts to rig the elections."
In reaction, however, INEC's director in charge of voter education, publicity, gender and civil society liaison, Oluwole Osaze-Uzi, dismissed the allegation, saying the electoral commission took exception to them.
He said INEC was recruiting members of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as its ad-hoc staff and not N-Power beneficiaries.
Osaze-Uzi said: “There is a portal that has been opened for recruitment of ad-hoc staff. Nigerians are applying and we do not know who N-Power beneficiaries are. Most importantly, we are recruiting NYSC members.
"It is when there is a shortfall that we consider students of federal tertiary institutions or ex-corps members, but essentially, we are using corps members and we are not aware that corps members are N-Power beneficiaries.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission said there is no possibility of a postponement of the 2019 general elections.
The commission's chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said: "I cannot see any possibility of a postponement. We started this a long time ago; we have gone ahead with preparations. INEC is not even contemplating the possibility of a postponement.”
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