Port Harcourt - Some lecturers of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) who are listed to serve as ad -hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the March 19 state and National Assembly re-un elections in Rivers State have opted out of the exercise.
The lecturers decided to opt out following an alleged threat by the state governor, Nyesom Wike.
INEC had shortlisted about 300 lecturers from UNIPORT to serve in the election as ad hoc staff.
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The lecturers, who met with the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Ndowa Lale, monday, said their decision to stay away from the exercise was as a result of the statement credited to the governor that those who planned to rig the re-run elections should be ready for the consequences.
Wike had told Lale that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had infiltrated the list of lecturers from the institution with the aim of rigging the re-run legislative elections through the imposition of politically-compromised returning officers.
The lecturers, may of whom have participated in previous elections, noted that their intergrity were at stake with Wike’s allegations.
The noted that the governor with his allegations has already politicized their participation in the exercise
- News 24