- Nigeria's electoral body, INEC, has distanced itself from the controversial allegation made by the PDP over the ongoing PVC distribution
- The PDP alleged that the electoral commission was conspiring with the APC to compromise the PVC collection process in favour of the ruling party
- INEC, in a statement refuting the allegation, said it was a deliberate attempt by the PDP to tarnish the image of the commission
The independent national electoral commission (INEC) has debunked allegations made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that some of its members are conspiring with the All Progressive Congress (APC) over the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the state.
Debunking the allegation, INEC's resident electoral commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje in a statement issued on Tuesday, January 17, said there was no such development at the commission.
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As reported by the Vanguard, Agbaje said:
“It is pertinent to clarify and correct the frivolous accusation by PDP that some INEC staff are colluding with members of the ruling party in the state to deny some groups of people access to collect their PVCs.
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“Mention was equally made of Mr Muyiwa Yusuf, the Head of Department VR/ICT INEC in the state who was alleged to have connived with the APC to clone the faces of voters through the privileged access he has to the PVCs.
“It has become necessary to comment on the recent report which far from being true, was a gross misrepresentation and diversionary both in content and context."
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On his part, the Lagos INEC REC stated that the media report making the rounds was a deliberate attempt of the opposition party to dent the image of the commission and its officials.
He also said that the allegation by the PDP that the new innovation introduced by INEC for the general elections is authenticating cloned PVCs was not true.
“The exercise being embarked upon in the commission at the moment is the scanning of PVCs to harvest phone numbers of eligible registrants yet to collect their cards with a view to contacting them via bulk sms.
“The commission strongly believes in equity, transparency, integrity and fairness in the conduct of her business."
INEC chairman speaks at Chatham House
In another development, the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu has revealed that Nigerian youths will be dominating the 2023 general election.
Mahmood Yakubu said that he is encouraged by the rate at which youths are interested in the forthcoming election.
The INEC boss made this disclosure while speaking at the Chatham House Institute on Tuesday, January 17.