Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of plotting to use N-Power personnel as ad-hoc staff for the conduct of the forthcoming general elections.
“I hear INEC wants to use N-power personnel as Ad-hoc Staff for the elections. This is a ploy to rig the elections,” Wike alleged.
“N-power personnel will not be allowed to serve as INEC Ad-Hoc Staff in Rivers State. If you bring them, we will chase them away,” he added.
Wike noted that President Muhammadu Buhari was responsible for the massive unemployment in Nigeira, saying that all Nigerians should share in the blame because we allowed a man without knowledge of the economy to emerge as president.
“We took our future and mandate and handed over to people who don’t understand job creation,” he said.
He further urged Nigerians to vote for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying that Atiku understands the economy and has been in the business of creating job.
“All his life, Atiku Abubakar has been involved in job creation. He is one of the highest employers of labour in Nigeria,” he said.
INEC however denied Wike’s claim.
“Those who are spreading this rumour, I don’t know where they got their information from. We are not using N-power people at all,” Rotimi Oyekanmi, the spokesman of INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said.
“If you go to our social media platforms, the template for the requirement for anyone recruited to serve as ad-hoc staff of INEC is there.
“The people we use as ad-hoc staff are members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and staff of federal universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education. And the staff coming from the universities have to be vetted by the vice chancellor of those universities. We also carry out our own vetting,” he added.