Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of frustrating collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
To this end, the party has asked the commission to extend the collection of PVCs by three days.
Recall that INEC had announced that the deadline for the collection of PVCs ends on Friday, 8th of February
PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan explained that the demand for extension is predicated on reports across the nation that some compromised INEC officials at the collection centers are deliberately refusing to issue the PVCs to voters thereby frustrating millions of registered voters from getting their voters cards.
“PDP believes that this deliberate refusal to release the PVCs is part of the wider plot by the APC to disenfranchise millions of Nigerians and frustrate their eagerness to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 16 Presidential election and elect-in the peoples candidate, Atiku Abubakar,” the party said.
PDP demanded explanation from INEC for turning back registered voters who went to collect their PVCs and directing them to come at a later date for an exercise that is programmed to end on Friday.
“Information available to us shows that the APC has plans to use the uncollected PVCs to allocate votes to President Buhari,” the party said.
The party, therefore calls on the leadership of INEC not to plunge the election into a needless controversy but to redeem itself by extending the closing date for the collection of the PVCs by three days.