The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has rejected the list of ad-hoc staff of 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.
A press statement signed by State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, said the list handed over to INEC contained APC card carrying members and operatives who poised as University of Benin staff.
Nehikhare alleged that the list was written in Edo Government house Benin and handed over to the UNIBEN VC, Prof. Faraday Orhunmwense for transmission to INEC.
According to him, “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 not to allow himself to be used. He must do the right thing by withdrawing the scandalous list he was prevailed upon to submit, and hand over one made up of genuine staff of University of Benin.
“The forth coming election must not only be free, fair and transparent, it must 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.“