Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has rejected the list of ad-hoc staff the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) planned to use to conduct the February 16, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Edo state.
It said the directive to Vice Chancellors of Nigeria universities was clear and explicit that they should provide a list of its members of staff who would be used as ad-hoc staff.
The rejection was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the party’s publicity secretary, Chris Nehikhare.
He alleged that APC members were on the list of INEC and was compiled at the State Government House.
It said; “The directive was very clear and explicit. University Vice-Chancellors were asked to provide a list of its members of staff who would be used as ad-hoc staff.
He said: “The list, we are informed, was written by state government and handed over to the Vice Chancellor for transmission to INEC. This purported INEC ad hoc staff list must be completely discarded as it is a recipe for chaos and poses a great danger to our nascent democracy.
“We reject it and condemn the politicalisation of the “employment” of APC members as ad hoc staff to manage the election process. We call on the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof Faraday Orumwense not to allow himself to be used.
“He must do the right thing by withdrawing the list he was prevailed upon to submit, and hand over the one made up of genuine staff of University of Benin. “The forthcoming election must not only be free, fair and transparent, it must also be seen to be so.”
But the authorities of UNIBEN have asked the Edo PDP to visit the institution and be free to verify names on the list.
It debunked allegations that the names were written in Edo Government House and handed over to the VC.
Spokesman for UNIBEN, Mr. Micheal Osasuyi, said it was laughable to claim that the institution would recommend persons who are not staff to work as INEC ad-hoc Staff.
Micheal urged the PDP not to play politics with the list as according to him, ‘INEC has a way of doing its checks and balances.’
“How can we recommend who is not our staff to INEC. Our staff are verifiable. They should not play politics with the list.“