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Ogun PDP Members Protest Non-Issuance of PVC's to Them

By AfricanOutlook Reporter

Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), members in Ogun State in their hundreds on Wednesday embarked on a protest to headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Abeokuta over non-issuance of Permanent Voters Card, (PVC), to them.

The protesters

AfricanOutlookonline reports that the protesters led by former health commissioner in the state, Dr Kunle Salako and Alhaji Moroof Ajisegiri (a former local government chairman) left the party secretariat located along Presidential Boulevard in Abeokuta, to the INEC officer.

 

Our correspondent further reports that the protesters displayed their Temporary Voters Cards, claiming that the electoral body was yet to replace them with the Permanent Voters Card, (PVC) a few days to election.  The protesters also carried protest placards of various inscriptions such as, 'INEC release our PVC kiakia', Over 60,000 registered voters don't have PVC', 'Allow us to vote in forthcoming election', 'INEC, its our right to vote, don't deny us, release our PVC.'

 

Speaking with newsmen, Isiaka Salako said over 50,000 of them have been denied their constitutional right to vote for the candidate of their choice in the forthcoming election by note having voter cards.

 

"My name is Isiak Muri Salako, I'm a medical doctor by profession with over 20 years experience. I'm also a former Commissioner for Housing, for Agriculture and for Health in Ogun State.   I'm a former governorship aspirant in Ogun State. And I have come here leading my people. Over 50,000 of us who have been denied our constitutional right to vote for the candidate of our choice in the forthcoming election by not having our voters' card."

 

Salako expressed fear that the electoral body, has insisted that anybody who does not have a permanent voter card will not be allowed to vote.

 

"This is my own temporary voters card that I did in 2011.Some of us have the 2011 and some of us have the 2014. The expiration of distribution for permanent voter cards by INEC is 22nd of this month, which was Sunday. And up till today, all of us here including other thousands at home have not seen their PVC.

 

"We believe we have a constitutional duty to vote, it is our right that we must vote on Saturday. We want the INEC Chairman, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner or other officials of INEC concerned to come and tell us or even bring out our PVC as we are standing here and distribute them to us," he insisted.

 

He declared that anything contrary to this, may force the protesters to drag INEC to court.  "We are not violent people, we are not going to prevent anybody from doing his duty. But if any organisation is preventing us from doing our responsibility then we also have the responsibility to go to court," he explained.

 

"Definitely we will carry an action against INEC if they do not give us our PVC so that we can be able to vote on Saturday. Both old and young are interested in voting for good government so that their children and grandchildren can have a better life," Salako declared.

 

However, the electoral body's Head of General Administration and Procurement, in Ogun State, Simeon Olatoye while addressing the protesters said, INEC is still working seriously to ensure that all those that are entitled to PVC have their PVC.

 

"As at this moment, we've sent our officers to Abuja to collect outstanding PVC. But let me tell you this, at this moment the commission here in Ogun State we have been able to distribute over 70 percent of the total number of PVC received from Abuja but we are still expecting more.

 

"By the time the remaining cards arrive, arrangement will be put in place to give the PVC to their rightful owners. At this moment, in all our LGA's we are presently distributing voter cards and we have not given it any stop. We will continue to ensure that your PVC gets to you as soon as those PVCs arrives because we are still expecting more PVCs from Abuja," he said.

 

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