In the build up to the February 25th Election Rerun set to hold in Rivers State, the National Youth Service Corps have distant it’s Corps Members from participating in the exercise. This is just as it did in previous elections held in the State.
Coordinator of NYSC in the State, Mr. Omotayo Adeyeye, who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday shortly after stakeholders meeting in the run up to the re-run elections at the Police Headquarters, Port Harcourt.
He disclosed that any Corps Member that decides to participate does that on his or her own risk.
Adeyeye said, “I don’t have the wherewithal to say go ahead and participate in the elections or don’t participate. An MoU was signed at the commencement of this partnership between the NYSC and INEC and when a call is made on us to feature in any election, I, as the Chief Executive of the NYSC in the State I have to call the National Directorate Headquarters, headed by the Director General.
“I have contacted him and the advise that I received was that, because of the violence that attended the last election in which case our Corps Members were at the receiving end of assault on their personality by politicians, we may not be able to vouch for their
security this time around.
“Some of them showed interest but if they do so and they feature in the election, they are on their own. After now, I call Headquarters and tell them what I experienced in today’s meeting. One thing is to make appeals and promises, another thing is to ensure that there is security.
“These are people who will come and waylay these children on their way during the elections and even after the elections they will not allow them to reach their destinations. So anybody who says he’s going to take part should have a second thought.”