“Spare the pen and punish the truth”
Students Historical and international studies society of Nigeria [SHISSN] will be going to the ballot box tomorrow (11th of Sept) to exercise their franchise and elect individuals who will take over from their incumbent representatives.
Below are the time table for the exercise;
1. Constitution of electoral commission (2nd of Sept)
2. Sale of electoral forms (2nd of Sept)
3. Deadline for submission of completed forms (4th Sept)
4. Screening and publication of successful candidates (5th Sept)
5. Manifesto (10th Sept) Election (11th Sept)
6. Handover (12th Sept)
The above time table was adhered to religiously until screening of candidates which was supposed to hold on 5th of Sept with results released same day..
Candidates were asked to put up a write up as regards the position they are vying for. Oral examination was also conducted.
According to our source, there were no laid down yardstick for screening of candidates. The oral examination in question can be taken care of by a primary school pupil.
The results of the screening exercise were scheduled to be out same day but it took extra 4days before it was released.
The screening results came to many as a shock; it depicts a grand plan by few corrupt fellows in charge of screening of candidates to politically exclude combined Arts students.
29 persons participated, 8 individuals were disqualified.
6 candidates out of the 8 that were disqualified were combined Arts students majoring in History.
The questions begging for answer includes:
1. What delayed the screening results as against the stipulated date it ought to be released?
2. How come no one from Combine Arts scaled through the screening exercise?
3. Why will candidates be targeted and disqualified in a bid to make some privileged few go unopposed?
Backlash followed the screening exercise as students has concluded on boycotting the polls in protest to the gross display of hatred, injustice and corruption that characterized the entire process.
It is believed that, the screening results took extra 4 days in order to perfect the business agreements which ensured no one from combined Arts made the list of successful candidates, to disqualify more qualified candidates to enabled their less qualified counterparts go unopposed and to ensure combined Arts are excluded from SHISSN.
The screening exercise did not only vividly showcase the intended actions of SHISSN towards combined Arts students but also exposed how corrupt they have become.
SHISSN is currently torn apart and a seed of discord sown. The poor turnout of students during manifesto today is a clear indication of the disappointments and dissatisfaction students currently entertain.
Boycotting the polls will be the genesis of the outcome of the said screening exercise. The internal dynamics of SHISSN has set it up for failure because there’s no meaningful integration amongst her subjects
Written by C. Daiv