The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday a day before the 2019 general election has reacted and denied the hoarding of election shit results in some areas, an allegation that emancipated from PDP camp
DAILY POST had reported that the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, had accused the Commission of withholding sensitive electoral materials, including collation (form EC8D) and result (form EC8E) sheets in states considered to be PDP strongholds.
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday said that intelligence at PDP’s disposal showed that certain compromised INEC officials were working with agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to hold back the materials to rig results for ÀPC on Sunday in the affected states.
But reacting, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the Commission would never deliberately hoard election materials or engage in any act intended at favouring any political party or candidate.
Oyekanmi said that in the last one week, INEC had mobilised all national assets to deliver various election materials, day and night, to various parts of the country.
“While the Commission has experienced a few challenges in the process, which is normal with the logistical operation of this magnitude, we have largely overcome these challenges.
“The Chairman of INEC, (Mahmood) Yakubu, has been briefing the nation daily since last Monday on the progress made.
“I think that every well-meaning Nigerian will agree that INEC needs all the support it can get to organise a successful general election starting from tomorrow, Feb. 23.
“We want to assure Nigerians who have shown a lot of support and understanding, especially in the last one difficult week, that the Commission will never deliberately hoard election materials or engage in any act intended to favour any political party or candidate,” Oyekanmi said.
He urged Nigerians to feel free to vote for any political party or candidate of their choice while assuring them that their votes would count.
UNN New VC Is Prof. Charles Igwe
The University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN will soon be led by the new vice chancellor, VC, whose name is Prof. Charles Igwe. The report of the emergence of the new VC is made known by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Dr. Okwun Omeaku, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
The appointment was made on Thursday by the board of governing council of the university. Prof. Charles is presently the administrative Deputy Vice-Chancellor, DVC, of UNN.
His Profiles entails being a Professor of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture. He rose from grass to grace is a soil survey assistant in 1976 to becoming an academic staff in 1991 and eventually became a Professor in the year 2003.
He took the appointment of DVC in 28th May 2016 and his tenure was extended in 2018 till date he became the VC. Within a short, while he would succeed Prof. Benjamin Ozurumba the outgoing VC and the handing over would take place on 4th of June, 2019.
Latest News Today Update On ASUU Strike
The NIGERIA NEWS brought to you the latest news today on ASUU strike as it comes afresh
ASUU Said The Union Should Not Be Held Accountable For Any Disruption In Educational Sector
The Academic Staff Union of Universities made it clear on Wednesday that the Federal Government has not yet responded to the agreement made with the union. And to the cause of federal government not executing the agreement, the union then make a statement in Abuja that the Federal Government should not have the union to blame for irresponsibility if the educational system in the Universities were devastated.
The ASUU union claim that the 2001 agreement gave loop into the 2009 agreement due to the unfulfillment of the government promise to the agreement and Mr. Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education said that the Federal Government should have disbursed 25 billion naira between 15th and 28th of February, 2019 to the Universities across the nation but up till now the government have done nothing and this is meant to have been the part payment of Academic allowance.
ASUU Told The Federal Government To Go On Strike
ASUU declared on Thursday to go on strike if the Federal Government do not meet up with the agreement in the 2019 Memorandum of Action. Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi states in Abuja the following statement below:
“Our members enjoy their work and hate to see any disruption in the smooth running of our universities. However, the level of frustration occasioned by the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards meeting the terms of the 2019 Memorandum of Action that was freely signed with our union is increasingly becoming unbearable.
“We, therefore, call on all Nigerian patriots, parents, and students including the Nigeria Labour Congress to prevail on the government to keep to the terms of our agreement. Otherwise, our union should not be held responsible for any disruption in the system.”
Minister Of Education Statement As To The Approval Of Disbursement Of 25 Billion Naira Is Falsify By ASUU
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu made a statement on Wednesday in Abuja that the 25 billion naira Earned Academic Allowance has been approved by the Federal government for the Universities. The ASUU President then falsify the statement, reckoning that it’s not approved and declared that the minister is not in any way sincere.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi express disappointment over the nonchalant attitude of the union member to the issue at hand. The President said the strike which was to happen on 17th February 2019 was suspended. An agreement was reached on 7th of February, 2019 through the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MOA in which the federal government is not yet to be faithful to till date.
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