PVC Buying: PDP demands stakehold­ers’ meeting with INEC

January 11th, 2019

By Myke Uzendu, Abuja

The Peoples Demo­cratic Party Presiden­tial Campaign Orga­nization (PPCO) demands an immediate stakeholders’ meeting with the Chairman of the Independent Nation­al Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, over his assertion that some politicians were buying Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the general elections.

INEC Chairman Mah­mood Yakubu, had at the presentation of the Voter Register for the 2019 gen­eral election to political par­ties, in Abuja said that the commission had received credible information that some partisan actors were going round buying up Per­manent Voter Cards (PVCs) from voters or financially inducing them to collect the Voter Identification Num­bers (VIN) on their PVCs.

The PPCO, after a thor­ough review of this grave assertion, particularly com­ing from the INEC Chair­man, insists that it must not be swept under the carpet, but requires an immediate interrogation by stakehold­ers across party lines.

In a statement, the Di­rector, Media and Publicity, PPCO Kola Ologbondiyan stated that such declara­tion by the INEC Chairman must have been informed by certain facts, which the stakeholders and indeed, all Nigerians deserve to know.

He said, “It is not enough for the INEC Chairman to state that politicians are buying votes. We demand an extensive scrutiny on the issue in an open stakehold­ers’ meeting, particularly given the manifest despera­tion of the Buhari Presiden­cy and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to manip­ulate the electoral process.

“INEC must therefore avail stakeholders with in­formation on those buy­ing the PVCs as well as the steps it is taking to check such nefarious act and en­sure that the purchased PVCs are not used in the elections.”

The PPCO reminded the INEC Chairman that Ni­gerians are still awaiting his action on their consen­sus that Mrs. Amina Zakari has become a virus inject­ed by the Buhari Presiden­cy to corrupt the electoral process and as such must be distanced from all pro­cesses related to the Presi­dential election, if that poll must be peaceful, credible, free and fair.

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