Oyo disagrees with INEC on PVCs
The Oyo State government disagreed yesterday with the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC’s) statement that not all registered voters will get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
The government had declared today a public holiday to enable registered voters collect their PVCs. The PVC collection begins today and ends on Sunday.
On Wednesday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alhaji Nasir Ayilara, told stakeholders that many registered voters in Afijio, Ibadan North East, Ibadan South West and Ogbomoso North local governments would not get their PVCs and would have to register again.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Parastatals Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle told The Nation yesterday that the people would not accept INEC’s position.
He accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting to disenfranchise the electorate in areas where the party is unpopular, adding that this would be resisted by the people.
Ayilara said: “I do not see any reason why PVCs will not be given to Oyo residents by INEC because enough funds were provided by the Federal Government for PVCs. President Goodluck Jonathan told Nigerians that every eligible voter will get a PVC; so, why is INEC saying many registered voters in the state will not get PVCs. There is no basis for INEC to say that. That is another game plan by the PDP to rig the election.”
He urged INEC to refrain from anything that could dent its image and remain neutral.
Ayilara said: “I believe the masses will not agree with them. It is their civic right and nobody under any guise must deny them this right. A revolution is imminent if they try to rig the election in 2015 because the people’s wish must prevail. The President and PDP should not toy with the sovereignty of the people by coming up with different game plans to rig the 2015 election.
“No, it won’t occur here because our people are enlightened and our party will continue to sensitise the masses on their civic rights to vote and choose who should lead them.
“Nobody is afraid of security or intimidation. Everybody will fight for his or her right, so nobody should be denied a PVC. If you have been captured and registered, you should be given a PVC. It is the responsibility of the government to provide for the needs of the people.”
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