The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Wednesday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of bringing Permanent Voter Cards that do not belong to the people of state.
Mr. Amosun said this to journalists shortly after his closed-door meeting with the management of INEC in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
“600, 000 of those cards don’t belong to Ogun State, and that is the problem. They don’t belong to Ogun State, you will see them quoting the polling units, the cards are not ours in Ogun State, which means, somebody somewhere doesn’t want us to vote in Ogun State”, he emphasised.
The Governor, who expressed worry over the development, called on the opposition parties to team up with him in fighting the cause, saying he suspected that some people want to deprive the electorates their rights to vote.
”Our people have been going there every day. We have sent our people to all the poling units, they don’t even know those names. People, who were born there don’t find their names, they just saw vicious names, those cards are not Ogun State cards,” he emphasised.
“We can’t collect what is not our own I will let them know that those cards are not our own.”
Speaking further, Mr. Amosun said only 40 per cent of genuine PVCs have been distributed by the authority.
“In Ogun State, we’ve just managed to collect about 40 per cent. It was about 36 per cent before. I have been interfacing with INEC and I have had cause to write a letter to the Chairman of INEC in December 19, 2014 and I enumerated all that has been happening as Ogun State is concerned in the run up to this election,” Mr. Amosun said.
Mr. Amosun also accused INEC of short-changing the state in the 2011 elections.
“In the last election, we had about 1.8 million (registered voters), they came back to say after post AVIS, removing what they call double registration and a lot of anomalies they said they noticed, they took away about 500, 000 and reduced Ogun State to about 1.3 million (registered voters). We said no problem, if you say there will be opportunities for people to re – register. When they did that, it was almost 450,000 of the new registration and if you add that to the 1.3 million, it takes us back to about 1.8, 1.9 million or thereabout”.
Mr. Amosun also said INEC was bringing the Ogun State PVCs in piecemeal and asked them to bring the cards in one batch.
Mr. Amosun listed some local government areas that have not been furnished with identity cards.
“In Ado-Odo/Ota, no cards at all, in Egbado South, no card as we speak, Ijebu-Ode, no card, Imeko – Afon, no card, Ipokia, no card, Odogbolu, no card, Sagamu, no card, how do they want them to vote?”
Mr. Amosun asked INEC sort its house before the new election date as it could disenfranchise 800,000 people.