Barely three days after the postponement of the general elections, National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Tuesday alleged that agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been buying PVCs from voters.
”Our members have alerted us to the fact that PDP agents have been operating in all villages between Kobape and Orile-Imo along the Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway in Ogun State, giving N10,000 to each poor villager and collecting their PVCs. The PDP agents are also promising each villager a monthly stipend of N10, 000 if and when their party assumes office in the state, a statement signed by the party’s spokesperson said.
The APC, in the statement alleged that a company, Agro-Allied Communities Service Nigeria Limited, was formed by the PDP to provide N50, 000 each to ‘empower’ women, but according to the party, before anyone could get the loan, they must provide PVC as a ‘collateral’, which the APC called, “PDP front to mop up PVCs, especially in opposition strongholds.”
”Indications are that this objectionable PVC mop-up is being replicated in all opposition strongholds by the frenzied PDP, hence we, at the APC, have decided to alert the nation to the reprehensible act.
”This act of desperation is totally unacceptable and must stop forthwith. Every voter should be allowed to exercise his or her franchise in accordance with his or her conscience, without intimidation or inducement.
”We hope this is not part of the reasons that the PDP relentlessly campaigned for a postponement of the elections, so it can engage in PVC purchase and the disenfranchisement of innocent Nigerians through harassment and intimidation,” APC said.