…PAYS N500,000 NAIRA TO STOP POPULAR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
BY OTOBONG SUNDAY
Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Mr Nsima Ekere, has been fingered in the violence that erupted last Tuesday, during the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the University of Uyo election where several were wounded and election matters destroyed.
The violence also saw cultists and hoodlums invade the polling units with guns and deadly weapons even as ballot boxes and other election materials were destroyed.
A source disclosed that the Special Assistant on Political Affairs to Nsima Ekere had met with them at a sit out on Ikot Okoro Road, Abak LGA on Saturday, 16th June, informing that his boss (the NDDC Managing Director) was interested in who becomes the SUG President.
Among those who contested for the prestigious presidential seat were; Robinson Dianabasi Eno, a 300 level student of Chemistry, in the Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Emediong Ekanem, a 400 Level student from Faculty of Law and Abasiama James, 300 Level, Faculty of Arts.
Others were: Theresa Nde and Emmanuel Ernest from faculty of clinical sciences as well as Ndianabasi Nkop, a 300 Level student of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The source disclosed that the strategy adopted by the Ekere camp was to distribute fewer materials to the faculties where the aspirants were loyal or likely to be loyal to the Governor of the state came from.
The entire Faculty of Arts received only one thousand ballot papers, which triggered anger amongst students. Same happened in other Faculties.
Sensing a defeat despite the strategy, cult boys were quickly drafted to aggravate the student’s disapproval, disrupt the process and give enough space for another plan to foist a candidate loyal to the NDDC boss.
The sum of N500, 000 cash was said to have been shared to the different cult “families” engaged for the disruption of the exercise.
It will be recalled that the election into the Students’ Union Government of the University of Uyo was Tuesday cancelled on the directive of the authority of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Enefiok Essien had reportedly expressed concern over the conduct of the election and ordered that it should be cancelled
Fight reportedly broke out at the Town and Annex Campuses of the university, which disrupted the exercise.
Suspected cultists and hoodlums were said to have stormed polling units in the School, destroyed the election materials and made away with ballot materials with gunshots in the air.
Meanwhile, the Institution’s Registrar; Aniedi Abasi Udofia, in a release has assured that a new date for the election will be made known in due course.
The release urged staff and students to go about their normal official and academic businesses as arrangement has been made with security agencies for their safety.