​Ogun ​APC, PDP at loggerheads over unclaimed PVCs

Governor Ibikunle Amosun
Governor Ibikunle Amosun

The All Progressives Congress in Ogun ​S​tate has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of procuring unclaimed Permanent Voter’s Cards from some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission with a plot to use them in Saturday’s governorship elections.

At a press conference in Abeokuta, the Ibikunle Amosun Campaign Organisation alleged that the PDP had compromised some officials of the electoral body to procure the cards.

The Director General of the Campaign Organisation, Bode Mustapha, said, “We want to alert the public that PDP leaders have compromised some operatives of INEC. (PDP) now have in their possession some of the Permanent Voters Card which ought to have been distributed to people.

“Our query is that how did PDP leaders get thousands of PVCs which they now want to use on Saturday to corrupt the voting process and manipulate the results sheets.”

Mr. Mustapha also alleged that the opposition had recruited thugs to disrupt the election.

He stated that the PDP, having realised it could not win the governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday, have resorted to a sinister plot in which they would cause mayhem aimed at preventing the electorate from voting; disrupting the voting and counting process; and creating an atmosphere of chaos that would compel the electoral body to cancel the votes across the state, particularly Ogun Central Senatorial District.

Mr. Mustapha said the organisation had reported the allegation to the security agencies.

The Peoples Democratic Party, in a swift reaction, counter-alleged that the governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and APC have purchased many of the uncollected cards.

“It has come to our notice that the Governor of Ogun state Senator Ibikunle Amosun has purchased many of the uncollected PVCs for underhand use of the APC,” the PDP said. “While, Ogun INEC said about 400,000 cards remained uncollected, many of these cards are now in the possession of Amosun.

“This plot, according to what we learnt, is the first in the lineup of a system which the APC wants to deploy in rigging the gubernatorial and House of Assembly polls on Saturday.”

The PDP also accused the APC of recruiting thugs and cultists and fortifying them with different firearms to unleash terror on the Election Day.

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