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CUPP accuses INEC of being influenced by APC chieftain in Gombe

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Gombe State Chapter of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of being influenced by a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recruitment of ad-hoc staff for the polls.

Its Secretary, Sunday Lewis Paris, stated this at a media briefing in Gombe yesterday, saying the Federal University, Kashere, Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe and Federal College of Horticulture, Dadi-Kowa, submitted lists of staff for recruitment as INEC ad-hoc staff.

He said Federal College of Education and Federal College of Horticulture were not considered for the exercise after being trained by INEC.
Paris added that only candidates from the Federal University, Kashere were engaged to participate in the 2019 general elections with the influence of an APC chieftain in the state.

“The inability of INEC to include staff of Federal College of Education and Federal College Horticulture in the list of the ad-hoc staff is questionable. “It is unacceptable to the CUPP and the election can only be free, fair and credible when there is no direct or indirect external influences,” it stated.

Responding, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Umar Ibrahim, dismissed the allegations, insisting that the commission would not compromise the electoral process.


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