The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to depend on students and lecturers for the coming 2019 general elections.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the chairman of the union, University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole made this known on Thursday, January 3, 2019, in Ibadan.
Dr. Omole stated that even if ASUU is not on strike, its members’ participation in the election would have been voluntary and subject to each individual.
“We are not part of INEC, therefore, INEC can look elsewhere for ad hoc staff to conduct the coming elections.
“What Nigerians are only interested in is a credible election and not participation of lecturers. Even when we were not on strike, not all members are interested in participating in the elections, because it is a voluntary thing.
“Whoever that feels like participating in the elections can go ahead to participate. If you check in the letter addressed to individuals that have participated in the election in the past, the letter is addressed to individuals and not to ASUU,” Omole stated.
However, ASUU and INEC are meeting today, 4th of January 2019, to discuss the possibility of suspending the ongoing strike before the 2019 general elections to allow students to participate in the elections.
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