The Campaign Organization of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun state on Tuesday raised the alarm over the purchase of Permanent Voter Cards,PVC, by some politicians in a bid to manipulate the forthcoming elections, and disenfranchise innocent voters.
The organisation made this known in a statement issued by Femi Sowoolu, the Chairman, Media & Publicity Committee. The organization said it has proof of this development and called on security agencies to investigate the act and bring the perpetrators to book.
“The Campaign office has been reliably informed of this despicable violation of citizen rights by concerned Ogun State indigenes from across the state, who have been coming out in their thousands to welcome the campaign train of His Excellency, the Governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, as he traverses through the 236 wards in the state”.
“It is very important to note that the act of purchasing Permanent Voters Cards from potential voters is illegal and have the potentials for compromising the electoral process. It is equally a provocative act capable of undermining the freedom of choice of the voters,” the body said.
“We therefore call on security agencies to investigate the act and bring the perpetrators to book. That is the only thing that can ensure we have a credible, peaceful and free elections in our state”.
“We therefore would like to make ourselves clearer, by sounding a note of warning to all political parties, and any, or all of their candidates who harbour devious intent to manipulate the electioneering process, to remember that; certainly, there will be life after the elections. You reap what you sow,” the campaign team said.
“We must make note that while any such purchased PVC’s may not be transferable, the intention of those buying them off the original owners is to reduce the votes in the opposition strongholds and improve the chances of their own party at the polls. We therefore appeal to all APC supporters, in particular, and all residents of Ogun State, not to sell their PVC’s, as this will amount to mortgaging the future of their children”.
“Allow us to seize this opportunity to hope that the electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) is taking note’”
In a related development, the Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday met with the leadership of the political parties ahead of the February poll.