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Gov. Elechi Alleges Plot To Use Fake Security Men, NYSC Members To Rig Polls In Ebonyi

FROM IGNATIUS OKPARA, Abakaliki – The embattled Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martin Elechi on Wednesday alleged a plot by some politicians in the state to use fake security operatives and members of National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) to manipulate this month’s general elections in the state.

Ebonyi State Governor, Martin Elechi

Ebonyi State Governor, Martin Elechi

Elechi, who had been in a serious political war with Secretary to government of the federation, (SGF) Anyim Pius Anyim, stated that some politicians had devised means of rigging the elections by providing fake military, police and NYSC uniforms that they intended to use to intimidate the electorate in the state.

Though, the governor is still partially in the PDP, but all his supporters, including serving Commissioners and aides, are all in the Labour party LP, after (they) including Elechi, lost out during the last primary elections in the state.

He raised the alarm when the new Co-ordinator of the NYSC in the state, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

The governor, therefore, urged the people of the state to be more vigilant and watch out for such fake corps members and security personnel during the general polls.

He however, charged the NYSC directorate and security agencies to device means of identifying their genuine members, so as to avoid giving the state and the Nigeria a bad name before the international community, especially when foreign election observers were already in the state.

The governor, noted that the NYSC scheme had contributed immensely to the development of various communities in the state and Nigeria in general through its community development service programmes.

He solicited for the assistance of corps members in the state to help the government in the enumeration of genuine traders at the Abakpa main market for allocation of lock-up stalls at the International market.

In her remarks, state Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs. Gladys Mbachi, had applauded the governor, for the conducive atmosphere in which the NYSC scheme operated in the state through the approval and release of funds for payment of transport fare back home for pass­ing-out corps members.

She urged the governor to continue to partner with the scheme.


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