As Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections maintain nationwide tomorrow, the Educational Workers Union of Universities, ASUU, has mentioned they might not permit the politicians to make use of its members in no matter method in opposition to the lawful efficiency of their roles because the ad-hoc workers of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC.
It will likely be recalled that a few of them will probably be collation officers on the native authorities degree whereas some will function returning officers on the state degree.
The President of the union, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, gave this indication on Friday in an unique dialog with Nigerian Tribune, saying the union had suggested all members who’re taking part as electoral officers in a single capability or the opposite in right this moment’s election and the next one to carry out the function strictly as stipulated by the legislation.
In response to him, all members of ASUU who’re contributors within the elections know that Nigerians as a complete anticipate a lot from them.
“They know that folks need us to be a superb instance and function mannequin. And so we’ve got suggested our members to portrait themselves in a superb mild. We should painting the profession- the academia- we signify in a superb mild. We can not afford to fail the nation. We can not additionally afford to fail our union. And we strongly consider that our members won’t compromise at no matter degree. We won’t permit ourselves to be purchased,” he mentioned.
When requested about possible challenges on the job, he mentioned politicians had previously held some ASUU members who had been INEC ad-hoc workers into ransom, citing 2011 and 2015 common elections as examples.
In response to him, a few of our members have been threatened previously. Their lives have been placed on the road. In some instances, our members had been assaulted. However this time round, we hope and pray that such a state of affairs wouldn’t repeat itself.
Prof Ogunyemi, nevertheless, urged the safety brokers to be alive to their duty and the politicians to additionally conduct themselves in an honest method as permitted by legislation whereas the voters ought to equally cooperate with all INEC ad-hoc workers in order that all of us have elections which are free, truthful and credible.