Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over the three-day distribution of Permanent Voter's Cards (PVCs) in a number of states.
The process ended on Sunday with the opposition party alleging the process was intentionally programmed to fail in order to disenfranchise voters in the states with the highest number of voters.
In a statement issued in Lagos on by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the opposition party said the fact that most of the 12 states in which the process has been largely botched in the past three days had the highest number of voters and were under the control of the APC.
This, APC alleged, pointed to a clear collusion between Independent National Electoral Commission and the ruling People's Democratic Party.
It added that most registered voters were unable to collect their PVCs because INEC engaged in a "programmed incompetence" to swing the elections in favour of the PDP, in what is a clear case of rigging at source.
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“There is no doubt that this programmed incompetence has emanated from just one source, the ICT unit of INEC, with the intent of sabotaging the PVC distribution process in key states, hence we are calling on INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega to institute an internal inquiry into the botched exercise with a view to fishing out the fifth columnists who are behind the sabotage, meting out the necessary punishment to them," APC stated.
“If INEC is to organize a free, credible and transparent election next February, it must quickly return to the drawing board to fashion out how to ensure that all Nigerians who are eligible to vote are able to do so without hindrance, and also purge itself of the fifth columnists within its ranks who are bent on sabotaging the elections,” APC said.
The party said it was "curious" that most of the affected states (Kaduna, Kano, Edo, Plateau, Ogun, Imo, Borno, Rivers, Lagos, Nasarawa, Katsina, Niger) were either opposition strongholds or harboured the highest huge number of voters.
“This is highly suspicious, against the background of available information that the PDP-led Federal Government is working to disenfranchise voters in opposition strongholds during the forthcoming polls."
It alleged a "two-pronged game plan" to skew the 2015 general elections in favour of the PDP.
"One is to mess up the collection of PVCs in states with the highest number of registered voters which also fall under the control of the APC, with the aim of suppressing the votes in those states," alleged APC.
“The second approach is to programme the voter's registration exercise in those states, which also have a high number of people who are due for registration, so the states will not meet the requirement to participate in next year's election since INEC would not have finished the voter's registration process in those states," APC argued.
“The plan, therefore, is to postpone the elections in the states to a later date, so the PDP-led federal government can then use the Ekiti formula that includes massive militarization and widespread intimidation to prevent a free and fair elections in the states."
The INEC meanwhile conceded to the problems around the process but denied these were deliberate.
- CAJ News