The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday vehemently denied reports that it had released some unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had while speaking during a campaign rally in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, accused INEC of secretly releasing unclaimed PVCs to undisclosed APC governors.
Mr. Segun Agbaje, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun, however said that INEC would never release unclaimed PVCs to anyone or any group.
In Osun State, out of a total of 1,681,930 PVCs, 1,254,467 PVCs have been collected, with 427,463 PVCs yet unclaimed. Collection of the PVCs would be open until January 21.
Apparently referring to Atiku, Agbaje said that some political parties claimed that INEC was releasing unclaimed PVCs to the ruling party.
He further condemned the desperation for some politicians for elective offices, adding that political party leaders should always ensure that their followers allow peace reign.
“Some political parties claimed that INEC was releasing unclaimed PVCs to the APC. That is untrue.
“INEC will never do that. We don’t give PVCs by proxy. Our interest is free and fair elections and we are working very hard to achieve that. We remain non -partisan.”
“The most worrisome among the challenges confronting the commission is the win-at-all-costs attitude of politicians which involves deploying all sorts of illicit means such as vote-buying, use of thugs to disrupt election process, raising of false alarm and dissemination of fake news to whip up unnecessary sentiments.
“If we must get rid of all the wicked forces that have continuously threatened the credibility of our elections in Nigeria, the political class must change to good conduct in politics.”