Olisa Metuh Raises Concerns Over Distribution Of PVC In Lagos

olisaThe Spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has raised concerns over reports that non-indigenes are being prevented from collecting their Permanent Voter Cards in Lagos State and other All Progressives Congress (APC) led states.

Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary to the PDP, who was speaking in Abuja said that the issue was not an issue to be taken with levity and should be addressed as quickly as possible for the success of the general elections.

The party spokesperson said that majority of this group of voters yet to collect their PVC were members of the ruling PDP and they should not be disenfranchised.

“While we restate our commitment to peaceful and credible elections come February 14, 2015, we will not accept any attempt to scheme us out in any state or states controlled by the APC,” Metuh said.

The PDP Spokesman had earlier stated that APC “has been jittery over the increasing popularity of President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP governorship candidate in the state, Jimi Agbaje and now seeks to compromise the electoral process by manipulating the distribution of the PVCs.”

Stating that INEC has refused to check the trend despite repeated concerns raised by its state chapter and other well meaning Nigerians, PDP said that the onus “now lies on the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega and the leadership of the commission to prove their innocence by immediately intervening and ensuring that all eligible voters in the state received their PVCs accordingly.”

In its reaction, the INEC Spokesperson, Kayode Idowu, dismissed the allegation raised by Olisa Metuh as unfounded.

PVC Issues: All Nigerians Must Vote – Jonathan Tells INEC

Goodluck_Jonathan_President_of_Nigeria_New_Year_Speech_President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega to ensure that all eligible Nigerians who registered to vote are provided with their Permanent Voters Cards.

At the swearing in of the new National Commissioner of INEC, representing Oyo state, President Goodluck Jonathan said no Nigerian should be disenfranchised because of his inability to get the PVC.

“All Nigerians must vote”, he added.

On his part, Prof. Jega promised that every Nigerian would be provided with a PVC before the general elections.

This is following a statement by INEC that it will not distribute the Permanent Voter Card in 15 out of the 25 local government areas in Borno state, owing to the activities of the Boko Haram sect, which had captured the 15 affected councils.

The statement was made by Resident Electoral Commissioner, in Borno, Prof. Tukur Sa’ad who said the commission would distribute the PVCs starting from Friday, and will carry out the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in 12 local government areas in the state.

He had explained that the security of INEC and other ad hoc staff in Borno could not be guaranteed, hence the decision.

However, President Goodluck Jonathan has mandated the agency to ensure that all eligible citizens get their PVCs in time for the elections next month.