The Corp members deployed to work as INEC ad hoc staff were left to sleep outside, without security Friday to Saturday morning when the election was postponed. Despite the billions of naira budgeted for the election. Threats by Corp members to boycott February 23 election was fueled after INEC failed to provide accommodation and security for them.
According to the Corpers who aired their feelings, ”INEC failed to provide adequate accommodation for us Corps members serving as ad hoc staff.” However, the affected corpers rained threats to boycott the February 23 rescheduled election. Members of National Youths Service Corps NYSC serving as ad hoc staff with INEC have, therefore, have reached an agreement to boycott the newly scheduled dates for the elections after the inhuman treatment meted out on them last night.
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The Corps members who were left to sleep outside without security nor a place to sleep expressed their grievances. One of them who asked to be anonymous said: “INEC had NYSC ad-hoc staff spend the night inside and around primary school buildings in an unsafe and unsanitary condition, no bed, exposure to the mosquito, no security, just a sudden postponement of the 2019 General elections.”
Other Corps members on social media were confused over what happened to the huge amount of money set aside for the welfare of ad hoc staff. Premium Times also reported that members of the NYSC deployed to work as Independent National Electoral Commission INEC staff in Ilorin East Local Government in Akerebiata are recently protesting non-payment of their agreed allowance by the electoral body.
A Corp member who spoke to newsmen said that they went to RAC yesterday on their own. They were exposed to risks and insecurity and all. The ad-hoc staffs were not provided with security, including corps members. Those who were posted to Marafa which is about an hour drive from Akerebiata, the INEC office at Ilorin East got to their RAC to meet unprotected and highly exposed RAC in a rural area. Shockingly, these guys slept in an open space in the bush with no security or anything whatsoever. No INEC official, even the SPO showed up to address any of them in the various RAC’s in Ilorin East. “I even slept with Mat in a slum at Idi Ape, Magaji near Junior Secondary school without security”. Corp member Muraina narrated.
Despite the inhuman treatment received by these guys, INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu around 2.45 am on Saturday, February 16, announced the postponement of the election with no tangible reason. According to him, the postponement was deemed necessary after an emergency meeting with security officials, election observers and other stakeholders. This inhuman treatment and lack of regard warranted the threats by Corp members to boycott February 23 election.