The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ohanaeze Ndigbo and a former governor of one of the northern state have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disenfranchise non-indigenes.
PDP in a statement issued on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, revealed that more facts have come to the light that the INEC and APC plan to deny non-indigenes in APC-controlled states of their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) ahead of the polls this month.
PDP, however, described the development as a crime against the electoral process, noting that the party has taken delivery of overwhelming evidence from residents in APC states due to its alarm on Wednesday that non-indigenes who form the bulk of PDP supporters in Lagos were being denied their PVCs.
The party stated that apart from Lagos State, the same development is allegedly being perpetrated in other APC-controlled states including Kano.
Meanwhile, the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos, Fabian Onwughalu, at a joint press briefing attended by Igbo town and community leaders in parts of the state, disclosed that on request, INEC officials issued in bulk to Yoruba community leaders the PVCs of those they could reach but refused to grant Igbo community leaders similar consideration.
Also, a political interest organisation, Credible Alternative Alliance (CAA), led by former Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, also alleged that INEC was distributing PVCs to favour areas believed to be the strongholds of the APC presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd).
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