Going, Going, PVC for sale
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that some people suspected to be agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have resorted to buying up the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) of voters in areas regarded as opposition strongholds.
The party stated that the move is aimed at disenfranchising the voters, diminishing APC support, and invariably increasing PDP chances in the forthcoming elections using underhand methods.
APC National publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday said a company, Agro-Allied Communities Service Nigeria Limited, has been formed ostensibly to provide N50,000 each to ‘empower’ women.
Mohammed, who described the firm as a “PDP front to mop up PVCs, especially in opposition strongholds”, said that anyone seeking to get the loan must provide her PVC as a ‘collateral’.
The party said it was becoming clearer what the PDP-led Federal government sought to gain by forcing the postponement of the elections for six weeks, arguing that the shift was “to perfect their rigging plans.”
The party warned those behind the act to desist from such tactics, which it noted reflected the “desperation by some people to hold on to power at all cost”, adding, that it was clear Nigerians had widely “rejected them due to non-performance, massive corruption and profligacy under their watch.”
APC appealed to its members and supporters in particular, and Nigerians in general, not to sell their PVCs under any guise, saying it is the only power they have to effect a meaningful change that could ensure the deliverance of democratic dividends to them.
The statement added, “Our members have alerted us to the fact that PDP agents have been operating in all villages between Kobape and Orile-Imo along the Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway in Ogun State, giving N10,000 to each poor villager and collecting their PVCs. The PDP agents are also promising each villager a monthly stipend of N10, 000 if and when their party assumes office in the state.
”Indications are that this objectionable PVC mop-up is being replicated in all opposition strongholds by the frenzied PDP, hence we, at the APC, have decided to alert the nation to the reprehensible act.”
The party equally alleged that some Immigration personnel, acting under the guise of arresting illegal aliens with voter cards, are dispossessing a lot of unsuspecting locals in the northern part of the country of their PVCs.
It said this people were arrested and their cards seized, all in an attempt to disenfranchise them.
”This act of desperation is totally unacceptable and must stop forthwith. Every voter should be allowed to exercise his or her franchise in accordance with his or her conscience, without intimidation or inducement.
”We hope this is not part of the reasons that the PDP relentlessly campaigned for a postponement of the elections, so it can engage in PVC purchase and the disenfranchisement of innocent Nigerians through harassment and intimidation,” APC said.
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February 11, 2015 at 11:15 am
omg!!!to the extent of buying PVCs??!!! bloody desperados!!!