Kogi supplementary poll: Corps members may boycott exercise

INEC says otherwise

THERE is a strong indication that members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) may not participate in Saturday supplementary election in Kogi west and Ajaokuta federal constituency.

It was reliably gathered on Thursday from the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lokoja that the Corp members have refused to participate because of the ugly situation they experience during the November 16 Governorship election in Kogi State.

A source close to the commission further said as a result of the boycott, the commission has resolved to use their own staff for the exercise comes Saturday.

Some Corp members who spoke to Nigerian Tribune name withheld said many of them may not participate in the Saturday supplementary election.

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According to them “It was God who safe them during the November 16 Governorship election in Kogi State.
Thugs and some people in uniform invaded part of the polling units, shooting sporadically and then carted away the ballot boxes.

“People were killed because of election and we don’t want to put our life in danger that is why majority if not all will not participate in the supplementary election,” they said.

During the Governorship election, some people lost their lives while some Corp members were kidnapped by some unknown men, however, they were later released from captivity.

A helicopter was also seen shooting people in Lokoja and some places in Denina during the election.

When Nigerians Tribune spoke with Director Voter Education and Enlightenment of INEC in Kogi State, Bagudu Biambo he said it was not true that the commission will engage both Corp members and their own staff for the exercise.

He noted that the commission is fully ready for the Saturday supplementary election in some parts of Kogi West and Ajaokuta federal constituency.