A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Katsina - Alhaji Aminu
Masari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Katsina
State, has condemned the "rampant" purchase of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs)
by some politicians in the state.
Masari made the allegation during an interactive session
with the people of Ingawa, Kankia and Kusada Local Government areas in Kankia
town on Monday.
"The rampant purchase of PVCs by some politicians in
Katsina State has become a matter of concern to all people with progressive
"The buying of the PVCs from poor women is an act of
wickedness that must be condemned by all political stakeholders.
"The action of the group of politicians negates all
democratic norms in civilised societies as it is designed to disenfranchise the
poor women,’’ he said.
Masari further alleged that some members of the party caught
a serving councilor from Baure Local Government Area with over 20 PVCs.
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He said that the councilor was caught red-handed with the
PVCs while photocopying them in a business centre.
He disclosed that another woman was also caught buying the
PVCs in Danja Local Government Area of the state.
Masari, a one-time Speaker, House of Representatives, also
revealed that another person was caught at Mashi Local Government Area while
purchasing the PVCs from youths and women.
"Our party officials have handed over all the suspects to
the police for action so as to serve as a deterrent to others.
He advised all eligible voters to desist from selling their
votes to the politicians, stressing that such would amount to denying them the
right to cast their votes during elections.
Contacted on the issue, the Police Public Relations Officer
(PPRO) of the state Police Command, DSP Aminu Sadiq, confirmed the incident.
He said that the command had commenced investigation into