Transporters, youth corps members abandon INEC in Anambra

Awka, Jan. 13, 2018 (TNE) Some transporters engaged to move materials for Anambra Central re-run election in Idemili North Local Government Area, abandoned the assignment because the part payment they were given were insufficient, Mr Ayeleso Olutope, INEC Electoral Officer, has said.

Olutope, INEC Electoral Officer in-charge of Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra, saicd at Ogidi on Saturday that all materials for the election were supposed to have been moved to polling units at 5 a.m on Saturday.

Olutope regretted the hitches recorded, noting that while some transporters conveyed the materials, some refused on the ground that the part payment was insufficient for the job.

He also said that some NYSC members engaged as ad-hoc workers also demanded that their stipend be paid before they commence work.

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The corps members claimed that some of their colleagues have received alert from their banks for the election duty while they did not get theirs.

A transporter who gave his name as Johnson Uchendu, said owing to the hike in the price of petrol, 50 per cent of the amount he agreed for the job was not enough to fuel his vehicles. He demanded full payment.

It was observed that as at 10.30 a.m electoral materials were yet to arrive at some locations, including Central School Nkpor-Agu, Nkpor Ward two all in Idemili North Local Government Area.

Mr Nwachukwu Enekwuwa, an agent of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), expressed concern over the delay in arrival of materials, and called on INEC to sort out the problem before it affects the outcome of the election.

Two security personnel from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, who pleaded anonymity, said they arrived Nkpor Ward II as early as 7 a.m but were yet to see any electoral officials for the exercise.

(TNE)

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