The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it did not remove the names of Igbo and South South people from the list of ad hoc staff for Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reviews that rumours making the rounds on social media has it that the electoral umpire in Lagos eliminated all Igbo and South-South personnel from touchy election responsibilities for March 18 elections.
Reacting, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lagos State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, in a declaration on Wednesday night through Mrs Adenike Tadese, Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, defined the allegations as faux information which need to be ignored.
Agbaje stated: “INEC, Lagos State, examine with superb wonder and challenge at the social media in recognize of the elimination of all Igbos and South-South body of workers in Lagos State from collaborating as advert hoc personnel withinside the kingdom at some point of the drawing close Governorship and House of Assembly elections on March 18.
“It has emerge as vital to accurate the faulty accusations in a few quarters and placed the document instantly that the Ad hoc workforce (Collation Officers) engaged at some stage in the Presidential and National Assembly Elections on Feb. 25 in Lagos State have been 738 in number, bearing in thoughts that 3 elections have been held.
“The drawing close Governorship and House of Assembly will best require the offerings of 427 Collation Officers due to the fact handiest elections are involved.
“It is pertinent to nation unequivocally that contributors of group of workers which might be Igbos have been all back to paintings as Collation Officers withinside the coming near near elections whilst SPOs (Supervisory Presiding Officers) maintained their positions.”
Agbaje stated that he did now no longer at any factor in time have interaction in any telecellsmartphone communique with the “Obidients, Sanwo-Olu and Tinubu”
According to him, in fact, he does now no longer have their phone numbers.
Agbaje added: “Whoever that has statistics regarding the day and time of the stated telecellsmartphone verbal exchange have to now no longer hesitate to make it public.”.
He advised participants of the general public to shun faux information, incorrect information and disinformation and permit INEC in Lagos to awareness at the drawing close elections, so that you can acquire the favored results.
“The fee will maintain to uphold the essential concepts of equity, fairness, transparency, credibility and responsibility in keeping with the imaginative and prescient and task to be a pre-eminent chief in deepening electoral democracy as an independent election control body,” he stated.
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