Senator Goje Did Not Influence Our Decision On Recruitment Of Returning Officers, Supervisors – INEC

The Gombe State chapter of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for allowing itself to be influenced by Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje in the recruitment and deployment of Returning Officers and Supervisors for the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The CUPP in a Press Conference read by its secretary, Sunday Lewis Paris, alleged that INEC had allowed Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje (Gombe central) and a stalwart of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state to influence the recruitment of only staff of Federal University Kashere, situated in his village, after the training of staff from the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe and the Federal College of Horticulture, Dadin-Kowa.
But in a swift reaction, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for INEC in Gombe, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar denied the allegation and said the Commission had always used senior officers of Federal Universities and that the recruitments were always done at the highest level of the Commission in Abuja.  
According to him, it is only in the absence of the Federal University in the State that INEC engages other Federal or State tertiary institutions.
In his words, “ When it comes to the recruitment of Collation Officers and Returning Officers, we employ the services of lecturers of Federal Universities including their vices chancellors as returning officers. So the first category which is the presiding officers which we have about 23,700 is being done at the State level but the collation officers and the returning officers, that is strictly under the Chairman’s office”, he stated.
He said, “fundamentally, from the beginning of this electoral processes up till now and the end of the electoral processes, INEC will never compromise with anybody”.
He said, ” INEC deals directly with universities and it is the institutions that sends the lists to those institutions not through any person.”
“I am assuring you that no individual has given INEC any list, you can confirm from the VC, or INEC headquarters”. He stressed.
The CUPP had during its briefing called on INEC to include the list of staff of the Federal College of Education Technical and the Federal College of Horticulture, Dadin Kowa, who were trained for the task of Returning Officers and Supervisors for the 2019 General Election.
Mr. Sunday Luis Paris, of the CUPP said although the staff from the two Federal Institutions were duly trained by INEC, they were however not considered for the exercise.
The coalition alleged that the decision to recommend the staff of the Federal University, Kashere by the electoral commission was questionable, because it was made under the influence of former Governor Muhammed Danjuma Goje, in whose birth place the university is being situated.