Allegation baseless, misleading, says Fanwo
The Presidential Campaign Committee of the People’s Democratic Party in Kogi State, has alleged that the Kogi State Government was in possession of some unclaimed Permanent Voter’s Cards which it was meant to rig the 2019 elections.
In a statement signed by Usman, Austin Okai
Spokesperson, PDPPCC, Kogi State, says that the government was working in collaboration with the Kogi State Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
But in a swift reaction, the Director General, Media and Publicity to the Kogi State Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, described the allegation as false and misleading.
Speaking further, Okai said “We wishes to draw the attention of Nigerians and the internal community to the criminal collaboration between the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) and the state government to the effect of the transfer of thousands of uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to the State government for onward transmission to its agents across the state.
“As we speak, the cards are already in the possession of agents of the APC, six of which were spotted this morning with several packs of PVC in Lokoja.
“We have it on good authority, that the cards are meant to be use in some shady poll units, which were criminally created in some remote parts of the state for the purpose of electoral malpractices.
“We strongly urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to, with immediate effect, investigate the activities of SIEC in Kogi State in relation to this weighty allegation.
We wish to state categorically, that, if the needful is not done, the whole effort of INEC at ensuring a peaceful conduct of the February 16, Presidential election and even subsequent elections may be frustrated.
In his statement Fanwo said “The attention of the Kogi State Government has been drawn to a spurious, Dubai-tailored misinformation that the Kogi State Governor is in possession of some unclaimed Permanent Voter’s Cards.
” We want to make it abundantly clear that it is not the responsibility of the Governor to take possession of such cards which belong to registered voters across the State. The Governor did not and will not contemplate perpetrating such illegality as a law abiding citizen of Nigeria and a generational leader.
“We urge the People’s Democratic Party to concentrate on wooing voters across the State instead of spreading falsehood to cultivate an alibi in defense of their impending failure at the polls.
“We urge supporters of our party and indeed, all Kogi citizens to treat the information as another of the series of blistering lies from the pit of PDP.
The Governor is poised to lead our party, the All Progressives Congress to a landslide victory on Saturday 16th February, 2019 and on March 2, 2019; irrespective of the importation of thugs and arms by those who are afraid of their past failures in the State.
The Kogi State Government will like to reiterate our determination to ensure voters are protected and we have confidence in our security architecture to achieve peaceful, free, fair and credible polls.
Kingsley urge the general public to dismiss the rumors and be law abiding.
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