- Some candidates in Akwa Ibom state are said to have started making efforts to woo INEC ad-hoc staff
- The politicians have reportedly been trying to negotiate with the ad-hoc staff billed to superintendent over the polls in their respective units and local government areas
- Two university dons in the state have expressed shock over the desperation of politicians to win the polls at all cost
Emerging reports have claimed that some of the politicians and candidates in Akwa Ibom have started making frantic efforts to seek favour from ad-hoc staff engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Vanguard reports the categories of staff they are targeting include the supervisory returning officers, registration area center managers and presiding officers.
Two university dons who spoke on condition of anonymity expressed shock over the desperation by the politicians over the polls and wondered how they were identified even before the commencement of the exercise.
According to one of the university dons said: "Before I left my house, I asked God to protect me and not allow me to be posted to where I would not be asked to compromise my principle, because that is the one thing I would never do."
A staff of the commission who did not want his name on print quoted Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, as saying that the sensitive materials of the commission were intact after the postponement of the polls.
Igini was quoted to have said: "We promise that INEC will be give level playing field to all the contending parties in the elections and I state that no politician would write result at home and no one will rig this election. The votes of Akwa Ibom people must count.''
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Coalition of Political Parties in Akwa Ibom condemned calls by opposition parties for the redeployment of the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini.
The group under the aegis of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and the conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), said this while briefing newsmen on Uyo.
The parties said that the opposition in the state never raised concerns about the REC’s integrity but only resorted to blackmail when attempts to make him compromise failed.
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