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Vote Buying: PDP Reacts To INEC Chairman’s Claim

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The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) has demanded an immediate stakeholders’ meeting with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, over his assertion that some politicians were buying Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The party’s position was conveyed in a Thursday statement through the Director, Media and Publicity, PPCO, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Read Also: How Politicians Are Buying PVCs From Voters – INEC Chairman

The statement read in part, “The PPCO, after a thorough review of this grave assertion, particularly coming from the INEC Chairman, insists that it must not be swept under the carpet, but requires an immediate interrogation by stakeholders across party lines.

“We hold that such declaration by the INEC Chairman must have been informed by certain facts, which the stakeholders and indeed, all Nigerians deserve to know.

“It is not enough for the INEC Chairman to state that politicians are buying votes. We demand an extensive scrutiny on the issue in an open stakeholders’ meeting, particularly given the manifest desperation of the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to manipulate the electoral process.

“INEC must therefore avail stakeholders with information on those buying the PVCs as well as the steps it is taking to check such nefarious act and ensure that the purchased PVCs are not used in the elections.

“Meanwhile, the PPCO urges the INEC Chairman to note that Nigerians are still awaiting his action on their consensus that Mrs. Amina Zakari has become a virus injected by the Buhari Presidency to corrupt the electoral process and as such must be distanced from all processes related to the Presidential election, if that poll must be peaceful, credible, free and fair.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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