Abuja NNPC cooperative election ends in controversy

Controversy is forming in the election of the NNPC Abuja cooperative society held yesterday, 30th June, 2020.

While some are calling for the cancellation of the election based on allegations that some members were disenfranchised, others want the result declared and upheld.

ALSC learnt that the election was declared inconclusive by the cooperative office, Abuja, on grounds that nearly 4,000 out of the 6,000 members voted at the election which was conducted online due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The online election was therefore conducted using codes provided by the Nigerian communications satellite (NIG-COMSAT).

However, the inability of about 4,000 members to access the codes generated arguments between the two contesting teams- The Consolidation and The Transformers.

Speaking on the outcome of the election, the Director General of the Consolidation Team, Engr. Mrs. Egan Ben Koko said not only could she not vote, but that three of the contestants; Waribo Cookey, Secretary; Ujah Samuel, Financial Secretary and Omoke Emmanuel- assistant secretary could not access the codes and therefore did not vote.

Also speaking, the presidential contender of the Consolidation Team, Terhemba King- Anyam said that disenfranchising over 4,000 financial members of the cooperative is undemocratic and therefore unacceptable.

According to him the cooperative as an organ of the NNPC must conduct its activities in line with the core values of transparency and fairness which the parent body – NNPC upholds.

He therefore called for outright cancellation of the election and a new date fixed for the election.

However, the winner of the election, Transformers Team presidential contender, Osondu Ibeji who was visibly disturbed by the decision of the umpire demanded that he be declared winner and asked those not comfortable with the outcome to go to court.

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