Corp members are avoiding to participate in
the legislative rerun election scheduled for Saturday in Rivers State.
Investigation revealed that corps members who are being contacted to
serve as ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission
are refusing to participate in the election because of fear of possible
violence during the election.
A source who confided in a Punch correspondent said that the corps
members were not showing the usual enthusiasm to participate in the
election because of the accusations and counter-accusation between the
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike , and INEC.
The source said, “Corps members being contacted by INEC to participate
in the Rivers rerun election are showing reluctance to serve in the
“A good number of them are afraid that there could be violence during
the election, and these are young men and women who don’t want to get
killed because of some election.”
When our correspondent contacted the Chief Press Secretary to the
Chairman of INEC, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, he said that it was only the
Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers that could comment on that.
Reacting, the state REC, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, said the job of corps
members was voluntary, adding that those who did not want to work with
INEC on election day were free to opt out.
Ikoiwak argued that some of the corps members’ parents might have told
them not to take part in the rerun election, adding that such a
situation would not affect the exercise on Saturday.
The state REC, however, pointed out that INEC would get more ad hoc
workers from other government’s agencies if there was shortage in the
number of corps members needed for the job on Saturday.