by Ranti Joseph
All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River on Thursday, February 12, enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to lead the arrest and prosecution of persons purchasing permanent voter cards (PVCs) from members of the electorate in the state.
APC said relevant law enforcement agencies must rise up to the task of ridding the democratic process of electoral fraud and manipulations as typified by the purchase of PVCs by agents of the ruling party.
Warning the electorate not to sell their cards for whatever reason stating that those who do so stand the risk of being disqualified during the polls, APC state secretary, Victor Ebong, said that PDP has been going about buying PVCs from members of the electorate with the aim of manipulating the polls in its favour.
“What it does is to go about purchasing these PVCs in our stronghold; in fact we hear that they are targeting at least 20 members of the electorate from each polling units in our stronghold who are actually our supporters and sympathisers and if you multiply that figure by the over 2000 polling units across the state, you know what number of people would have been disenfranchised as a result of the manipulation of their names and data in the card reader mechanism,” he said.
He warned the electorate to be wary of such antics of the PDP to convince them and get their PVCs and or the VIN numbers, explaining that PDP has only an ulterior motive behind the issue and not for their good as touted.
The South-south zonal secretariat of APC has threatened to mobilise its members to protest the development which it also described as criminal and undemocratic.
It alleged that over the last few weeks, the PDP had embarked on series of plots apparently aimed at rigging the coming elections in the South-South zone.