The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Thursday that more facts have emerged on the alleged connivance of some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to deny non-indigenes in APC-controlled states of their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the February 14 general elections.
In a statement issued in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the ruling party described the development as a crime against the electoral process, adding that it has received overwhelming evidence from citizens in APC states following its earlier alarm that non-indigenes, who form the bulk of PDP supporters in Lagos were being denied their PVCs.
The PDP noted that apart from Lagos, the same scandalous scenario is also playing out in other APC-controlled states including Kano.
“Since our alert on Lagos State, we have continued to receive calls and comments from citizens from local governments and wards in APC states confirming that the collaboration between some INEC officials and the APC to shut out non-indigenes in the states, made up mainly of our supporters, is deeper than earlier thought.
“Indeed, this inexcusable misconduct is also being perpetrated in Kano, Edo, Sokoto, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Kwara among other APC controlled states where fraudulent INEC officials and the APC are orchestrating hitches to disenfranchise non-indigenes.
“Evidence of this crime abound in Alimosho and Amuwo-Odofin Local Governments of Lagos States; Nasarawa Local Government and Sabon Gari area of Kano State as well as other strategic places where PVCs belonging to non-indigenes are even burnt to ensure that they did not get to their rightful owners.
“We know that the aim is to deny the PDP of its well-deserved victory in APC states since over 90 percent of these non-indigenes are supporters of the PDP and will vote en-masse for President Goodluck Jonathan and other candidates of our great party at the elections.
“We are aware of a script already prepared to rationalise the eventual non-participation of the non-indigenes by attributing it to voter apathy”, the party said.
Urging its supporters in the affected states to remain calm and law abiding as usual, the PDP charged the leadership of INEC to take immediate steps to halt the ugly trend and ensure that its officials involved in the alleged crime are arrested and prosecuted.
The PDP stressed that “any delay in this direction is capable of sending a wrong signal to the electorate and other stakeholders in the 2015 elections”.
Metuh also urged INEC to reinforce public confidence in the process by ensuring that all eligible voters received their PVCs accordingly.