Party supporters raise flags in support of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluc ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate the involvement of some electoral personnel in the alleged lopsided distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs).
The ruling party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the electoral commission should address the denial of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) to non-indigenes in some states.
“We demand that INEC should look inwards and thoroughly investigate the apparent involvement of some of its personnel including ad-hoc staff on the issue of the lopsided distribution of the PVCs. INEC must also use this period to attend to our earlier call to address the issue of denial of PVCs to non-indigenes in select state,” APC said.
“We are aware that in Borno State, 90 percent of the PVCs were handed over to state government officials, who distributed them by proxy contrary to laid-down procedures. Also, in Owerri North Local Government of Imo state, the LGA of our National Woman Leader, only new registered voters have received their PVCs. Citizens with old voters card have not had any replaced and this scenario abounds in other places.”
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The party said it hoped INEC would use the election postponement period to ensure that all identified irregularities are eliminated to guarantee that registered voters across the country receive their PVCs urgently.
It added INEC should adequately demonstrate to Nigerians the application and practicability of card readers to the allotted time for vote.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we state clearly that the postponement neither confers advantage on our party and our candidates, nor can it ever be described as a set back to our democracy. The ultimate issue in this regard is the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.”
The party restated its commitment to the sustenance of free, fair and credible elections.
“It is one of the greatest legacies of President Goodluck Jonathan,” PDP said.