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Rivers govt’s appointment of 50,000 aides is vote buying – APC’s Wali

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All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Kingsley Wali has accused the Rivers authorities of vote buying.

On October 12, Governor Nyesom Wike appointed 28,000 Special Assistants on Political Units.

The subsequent day, his spokesman Kelvin Ebiri introduced that the quantity of aides had been elevated to 50,000.

The appointees include 14,000 Special Advisers, 319 Ward Liaison Officers and 40 Local Government Area Liaison Officers.

Reacting, Wali stated vote buying has been codified and given authorized backing within the title of appointment/employment.

“The vote buying which INEC is opposed to, is being codified in Rivers State”, the Unity House Foundation (UHF) Convener stated.

“The authorities in energy says they’re going to make use of about 100,000 folks and can pay them from the state coffers.

“It is assumed they have one hundred thousand votes already long before the election starts.”

Wali stated the Wike administration had eight years to make use of folks, however didn’t achieve this till a couple of months earlier than the final elections.

“You are actually buying them with maybe 5000 naira as a month-to-month wage.

“You just ask people to bring their PVCs. What other right name do you call that if not vote-buying”, he quipped.

Wali added that the APC is not going to be intimidated by the Rivers authorities “tactics” to muscle the opposition forward of the polls.

Rivers govt’s appointment of 50,000 aides is vote buying – APC’s Wali

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