By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR—Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has recommended two outgoing members of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, for state and national awards for rejecting bribe money offered to them by politicians during the governorship election in Cross River State.
The two corps members, Nkiru Okpala-Ukeje and Adeleke Ogunmokun, who served as presiding officers in Akamkpa and Boki respectively during the last governorship elections in Cross River State, were beaten by suspected thugs said to have been hired by politicians for refusing to collect money to falsify results of the election.
Apart from the recommendation for awards and automatic employment by the various state governments of the two former corps members for outstanding performance, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Cross River State, Mr. Mike Igini also presented cheque of N50, 000 to each of them.
Presenting the cheque and letter of recommendations to them, Igini said, “Today (yesterday), internally I am very happy, staff of INEC are very happy to be here and celebrate these two Nigerians, who incidentally are not from this state or South-South. These two did something that was exceptional.
“For standing tall in the face of intimidation that the right thing must be done, it is our opinion that we must commend and celebrate these two young Nigerians, so that people will know that no matter how bad things are, some persons have integrity,” he added.