"Only University Lecturers Can Rig" - Richard Awololola
During a trip organised by the Faculty of Administration for students offering her special elective, Mr Richard Awolola of the procurement department of the Osun state Independent Electoral Commission allegedly made claims that only lecturers of Universities rig elections. The electoral officer in his speech talked about election rigging whilst addressing the students on the trip, he posited that since university lecturers collate election results, they are the ones that can alter figures. He further based his claims on the fact that these lecturers are the ones that serve as returning officers during elections, he cited the instance of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor 'Tale Omole who announced the results of the last Osun State gubernatorial election.
Also In his address, he also endeavoured to enlighten students of the the Faculty of Arts, Clinical sciences and some others on the usefulness of the card reader, especially in helping curb electoral malpractices in Nigeria. He attributed the usual election inconclusiveness to the uninformed electorates, most of whom are often ignorant of the dos and don'ts of elections, he elaborated that students can stand and serve as instruments that can be used in correcting the ignorance of the masses about election processes.