A staff of the Nasarawa State-owned radio station, Christopher Ajegina has been suspended for allegedly recording a scene of election malpractice during the re-run election for the Lafia/Obi federal constituency of the state.
General manager of the station, Alhaji Yusuf Musa who claimed to be acting on the directive of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, had earlier slammed a six-month suspension without salary on Ajegina with effect from April 29, 2015, but attempt by the embattle staff to resume duties after the expiration of the suspension period was resisted by management of the station.
The suspension letter which was signed by the acting director, Administration and Supplies of the station, Rajab Okposhi, was obtained by Nigerian Pilot and read in part: “This is a gross indiscipline; it is a total violation of the public service rules and serious misconduct.
“Consequent upon the above and in line with the public service rule that the management acted on the directive of His Excellency the governor of Nasarawa State and you are suspended for six months without pay or salary, pending the decision of the governor with effect from 29th April, 2015.”
It was gathered that trouble started for Ajegina when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state cancelled results in some polling units for the Lafia/Obi federal constituency in the April 2015 general elections and ordered for re-run, where candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Musa Dahiru, was declared winner against his opponent, Dr. Joseph Kigbu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, amidst controversies.
It was learnt that the management of NBS was not pleased with the suspended staff and accused him of presenting a video clip of massive rigging and other forms of malpractices during the election to candidate of the PDP whose recent victory at the tribunal the management believe was based on the strong evidence presented before the tribunal against the APC candidate.
When contacted, Alhaji Musa said he was not ready to comment on the matter.
“I have the right to suspend any staff that goes contrary to public service rules and I will not hesitate to completely dismiss him from service if the matter goes into the media. No journalist should call me on this matter again,” he warned our correspondent who contacted him on telephone.
The National and State Assembly Election Petition sitting in Lafia, the state capital, had nullified the election of the APC candidate, Musa Dahiru, and ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return and issue same to candidate of the PDP, Joseph Kigbu, declaring the re-run conducted in the said election as illegal, null and void.

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