1,390 ad hoc staff for Kogi East re­run poll

NWC af­firms Obaseki as Edo APC gov can­di­date

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja By Muideen Olaniyi

The In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) said yes­ter­day that it will en­gage 1,390 ad hoc staff for the con­duct of the re­run elec­tion in Kogi East sen­a­to­rial dis­trict on July 23.

Daily Trust re­ports that in the re­run held ear­lier, the pro­cesses were marred by vi­o­lence in Ofu and Idah state con­stituen­cies and there­fore de­clared in­con­clu­sive.

Ad­dress­ing news­men in Lokoja, yes­ter­day, INEC Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner (REC) in Kogi, Mr. Samuel Madaki, said all is now set for the re­peat re­run poll and urged all stake­hold­ers to co­op­er­ate with the com­mis­sion to en­sure the elec­tion is con­clu­sive this time around.

He gave the break­down of the ad hoc staff en­gaged for the ex­er­cise to in­clude three re­turn­ing of­fi­cers, 53 col­la­tion of­fi­cers, 51 su­per­vi­sory pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers, 236 pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers, 912 as­sis­tant pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers and 135 as­sis­tant pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers (vot­ing points).

The REC said a to­tal of 140,297 reg­is­tered vot­ers would be tak­ing part in the re­run poll which would hold in 236 polling units across eight lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in the dis­trict. The Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) has ap­proved the win­ner of the June 18, 2016 pri­mary elec­tion, Mr. God­win Obaseki, as the party’s flag­bearer for the forth­com­ing Edo State gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

Na­tional sec­re­tary of the party, Mai Mala Buni, who stated this yes­ter­day in Abuja, said the ap­proval fol­lowed the adoption of the re­port of the party’s Edo State Gov­er­nor­ship Pri­maries 2016 Ap­peals Com­mit­tee, chaired by Opeyemi Bamidele.

The three-mem­ber ap­peal com­mit­tee, which sub­mit­ted its re­port on June 29, 2016 to the APC na­tional chair­man, Chief John Odigie-Oye­gun, at the party’s Na­tional Sec­re­tariat in Abuja, re­ceived pe­ti­tions of two as­pi­rants, Bar­ris­ter Ken­neth Iman­suag­bon and En­gi­neer Chris Ogiem­wonyi.

The ap­peal com­mit­tee, in its re­port, con­cluded that the is­sues raised by the pe­ti­tion­ers were not com­pelling to war­rant the can­cel­la­tion of the pri­mary elec­tion, de­spite the se­ri­ous­ness of the al­le­ga­tions and claims.

The re­port, which called on all APC stake­hold­ers in Edo State to put the party’s in­ter­est over and above per­sonal in­ter­ests, rec­om­mended that the lead­er­ship of the party step up diplo­macy for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

The ap­peal com­mit­tee, which also im­plored the na­tional chair­man to con­sol­i­date his in­volve­ment by reach­ing out to all ag­grieved par­ties, rec­om­mended the set­ting up of a high­pow­ered com­mit­tee to me­di­ate be­tween Gover­nor Adams Osh­iom­hole and all as­pi­rants who par­tic­i­pated in the pri­mary elec­tion.

Chair­man of INEC Pro­fes­sor Mah­mood Yakubu

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