Elections in Nigeria is a very scary one. Most at times, it ends up in violence and the killings of innocent individuals! Let’s face the fact. The NYSC has decided to withdraw 300 of its corp members from participating in the Rivers state rerun election due to unforeseen violence.
FEAR GRIPS AS NYSC WITHDRAWS 300 CORP MEMBERS FROM THE RIVERS STATE RERUN ELECTIONPosted on February 22, 2017
The National Youth Service Corps (NYS) has withdrawn corps members from participating in the Saturday rerun election in Rivers State, just four days to the election exercise which will hold in Etche Local Government Area for the vacant House of Representatives’ seat.
While speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Coordinator of NYSC, Omotayo Adewoye, disclosed on Monday that the move to retrain 300 corps members for the election was due to the violence that marred the last December 10, 2016 election where he said, one corps member was killed.
Adewoye who spoke at the event organised by the State Police Command towards a peaceful election in the council, said: “I am just a month old here when on Thursday I received a letter calling for interested corps members, 300 in numbers to participate in the Etche election.
“I am quite aware of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that exists between the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the NYSC. I am not a signatory to the MoU, so I had to approach the National Directorate Headquarters in Abuja. I equally contacted the field officer in Etche Local Government Area where the election is supposed to be held, to get the corps members ready in case we are taking part in the election.”
“I am standing here to let you know that the corps members may not take part in the election because of the violence that marred the last elections in this state in which we lost one corps member,” he said.
The election will hold in 147 polling units for House of Representatives and 74 polling units for State House of Assembly seats.