Poor distribution of voters’ cards: APC accuses INEC of colluding with PDP

Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has raised the alarm over the three-day distribution of the Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs, in 12 states, which rounded off on Sunday, saying the process was intentionally programmed to fail in order to disenfranchise voters in the states with the highest number of voters.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the fact that most of the 12 states in which the process has been largely botched in the past three days have the highest number of voters and are under the control of the APC point to a clear collusion between INEC and the PDP.

It said most registered voters were unable to collect their PVCs because INEC engaged in a programmed incompetence to swing the elections in favour of the PDP, in what is a clear case of rigging at source.

“There is no doubt that this programmed incompetence has emanated from just one source, the ICT unit of INEC, with the intent of sabotaging the PVC distribution process in key states, hence we are calling on INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega to institute an internal inquiry into the botched exercise with a view to fishing out the fifth columnists who are behind the sabotage, meting out the necessary punishment to them.

“If INEC is to organize a free, credible and transparent election next February, it must quickly return to the drawing board to fashion out how to ensure that all Nigerians who are eligible to vote are able to do so without hindrance, and also purge itself of the fifth columnists within its ranks who are bent on sabotaging the elections,” APC said.

The party said it is curious that most of the affected states (Kaduna, Kano, Edo, Plateau, Ogun, Imo, Borno, Rivers, Lagos, Nasarawa, Katsina, Niger) are either opposition strongholds or harbour the highest number of voters.

“This is highly suspicious, against the background of available information that the PDP-led Federal Government is working to disenfranchise voters in opposition strongholds during the forthcoming polls,” it said.

APC said the unmitigated disaster that the PVC distribution exercise turned out to be in those states raises some questions: Why did INEC put those states together for the PVCs distribution exercise in the first instance? Why did INEC announce the dates for the distribution of PVCs in the states if the electoral body was not ready? And why was a process that has taken INEC four years to plan end up being so shoddy?

The party said having realized it cannot win a free and fair elections in 2015, the PDP has come up with the plan to suppress the votes in the APC states which also harbour the highest number of registered voters, especially Lagos, Rivers, Kano and Sokoto states, wondering why the exercise was better organized in states without a huge number of votes.

“We know their two-pronged game plan to skew the 2015 general elections in favour of the PDP. One is to mess up the collection of PVCs in states with the highest number of registered voters which also fall under the control of the APC, with the aim of suppressing the votes in those states.

“The second approach is to programme the voter’s registration exercise in those states, which also have a high number of people who are due for registration, so the states will not meet the requirement to participate in next year’s election since INEC would not have finished the voter’s registration process in those states.

“Going by the poor state of the registration machines which cannot register more than 50 voters a day each; the non-available or non-functioning printers and other problems, INEC cannot obviously meet the deadline to register eligible voters in those states before the next elections

“The plan, therefore, is to postpone the elections in the states to a later date, so the PDP-led federal government can then use the Ekiti formula that includes massive militarization and widespread intimidation to prevent a free and fair elections in the states. That is why we believe that INEC’s shoddy PVC distribution exercise in those states constitute a programmed incompetence that was jointly formulated by INEC and the PDP,” It said.

APC slammed INEC for resorting to lame excuses for botching the exercise, saying Nigerians are not interested in who got the contract to produce the cards but in being able to exercise their franchise during the forthcoming elections.

Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)


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  • Wähala

    Prof. Attahiru Jega is a clown who awarded the biometric machine contract to himself via his father-in-law, so his hands are tied by filth which Dumbo and the PDP are using to blackmail him into doing their bidding… doubt? Check our my info! INEC cannot and does not want to organize a free & fair elections in 2015. With the gloomy outlook, Jega will be singularly responsible for the break-up of Nigeria or the inevitable (albeit, avoidable) bloodbath that will result should he fcuk up. He got away with disenfranchising 1million voters in Anambra Guber in which Obiano emerged a rigged winner, they simply referred aggrieved candidates to our corrupt justice system where the highest courts tossed people’s tights to vote thru the window. In Ekiti, they got away with massive rigging with the acquiescence of Jega. Now coming up with lame excuses after four years is a clear invitation to chaos. The hope of the ruling cabal is for the APC to boycott the elections… or, that INEC will postpone the elections on spurious reasons of insecurity and poor logistics. Even at that, those who eventually vote should guard their votes as with Osun State where Gov. Aregbe was re-elected amid great odds and wanton arrests of opposition politicians. Attahiru Jega owes it to posterity to do the right thing… Nonsense!

  • Conscience (Ikot Ekpene)

    Can someone pls help me with Cello-tape or super glue? We need to ‘tame’ the mouth of a Liar. Eternally confused…and his confusion is highly contagious. Where was he when a ghost signed the budget while Musa was missing in action? Where did he keep his running mouth in those days of comedy as the VP was not allowed to see his dying boss. What did the Robert Mugabe of Nigeria say in those days when Nigeria became a laughing stock in the committee of continents? Oh continent Nigerians! You all have poor memory and these politicians know it too well.

  • olawale

    PDP at it again…….no room for official robbers in lagos state.we maintain our status quo

  • favourtalk

    It has been projected that PDP will have a great blow from kano and lagos, that’s why they’r doing all they could to frustrate the voters in those state not to affect their chances to win the next general election but they don’t know what they’r in for cos lagos and kano will fall them totally. PDP has failed and they will loose totally

  • Ette

    Someone should tell INEC in very clear terms that NIGERIANS will not accept anything less than fair, free and credible elections in 2015. Let them spare this nation from self inflicted crises as INEC and its members will be the first casualties. How would a competent organization announce the beginning of any card distribution exercise when the cards were not available at hand. What then were they to distribute if the cards were not ready. Even animals will know better that if the cards are not ready, there should be no announcement. This lie is not intelligent at all. Hence the allegation that INEC is merging with the wicked PDP to rig the election is very true. PDP cannot win any credible election in Nigeria after about 16 years of bloodshed, unbridled corruption, cultism, religious and ethnic conflicts and all manners of impunity as well as underdevelopments. So they are selecting people who are ready to kill and shed more blood to rig election. NIGERIANS must reject this brutal and wicked rigging of elections as only credible election is the veritable platform through which we can elect credible leaders. NIGERIA will rise again.

  • excel

    pdp will not stop behaving like a pig, i pray inec will get it conscience back. jega has always preached of fairness but fail to practice 50% of it. no matter what they do to frustrate the electorate will back fire on them. osun have proved nigeria can resist their intimidation and 2015 will not be difference to what we see in osun state. PROGRESSIVE CHANGE is what we need. inec with their propaganda start collection of PVC in all APC state to suppress the votes in the APC states. jega stop playing baby politics and let the breeze of CHANGE blow in Nigeria.

  • Sir Louis

    Buhari’s anti- corruption war no doubt is having the desired effect. What is required that the government should not relent in the campaign and ensure that the guilty are punished in addition to recovering the stolen national wealth. We are in for interesting times.

  • sir Oscie

    PMB’s anti corruption war is a step in the direction and I believe support from all Nigerians is needed for a better result.