The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) plans to recruit beneficiaries of NPower social programme as adhoc staff for the 2019 general election.

The spokesman of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, in a statement said the commission, for the first time, decided to recruit and train ward collation and returning officers in Abuja in order to facilitate the plot.

He further alleged that the recruitment will be done by national INEC commissioner, Amina Zakari, who will then forward the names of her selected staff to the Electoral Officers (EOs) at the state level.

Ugochinyere said, “President Buhari has said that the main thrust of the N-Power scheme is to harness Nigeria’s young demography through appropriate skill development, providing a structure for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development, and linking outcomes to fixing inadequate public services and stimulating the larger economy, Yet under his administration Nigeria took over as the nation with the highest number of extremely poor people, with 87 million people in extreme poverty and growing by six people every minute.

“The President wants to use the beneficiaries of their failed NPower programme to technically rig the election.

“The INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, should ensure the credibility which he promised Nigerians by making sure that no NPower beneficiary is recruited as d-hoc staff in the election, because it’s clear that these so called beneficiaries are going to be used by President Buhari and his APC cohorts to rig the elections.” He claimed that this administration having failed Nigerians and being aware that they will lose the election in a free and fair fight, has “resolved to all manner of ploys to rig the elections, including their failed NPower programme which has failed to lift Nigerians out of poverty.”

He added “The Opposition also received a very reliable information from a credible source that Buhari’s relative Amina Zakari will be in charge of the recruitment and training of the Ward/LGA/State Collation and returning officers.

“We have just been informed from a very reliable source that Amina Zakari will be in charge of the recruitment and training of the Ward/LGA/State Collation and returning officers. This is an obvious effort by Amina Zakari to influence and manipulate the conduct the 2019 elections. “INEC’s Amina Zakari is at it again, Nigerians must rise against this evil election rigger.

“The directive came as a shock to the Electoral Officers because they had started the process of recruiting the Adhoc staffs (collation and returning officers) in accordance with well-established practices. “According to reliable sources, for the first time in the history of democracy of our Country, ward collation and returning officers will be recruited and trained in Abuja.

This will be done by Amina Zakari who will then forward the names of her selected staff to the EOs at the State level. “We call on the INEC chairman to quickly ensure that Zakari is stopped, also Nigerians, especially CSOs, political parties and all well-meaning and decent people must be vigilant and constantly monitor this woman and her evil intentions not only for the forthcoming election but to the end of her ignominious tenure,” he said.

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