By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)has warned politicians to desist from using fake Permanent Voters Card (PVC), saying such act would land perpetrators in prison.
Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Amb. Rufus Akeju, gave the warning at a Sensitization programme for youth groups in the state, held at the Conference Hall of the Federal Secretariat, Ibadan.
The warning came on the heels of an unconfirmed report of disgruntled politicians who engaged in mass production of fake PVCs, disclosing that original INEC PVCs are coded with modern technologies which could not be easily altered.
He disclosed that INEC had introduced a machine in form of a card reader designed to recognize only PVCs issued by the electoral commission and for a specific polling unit, adding that standby security agents await perpetrators of electoral malpractices.
“Politicians should be warned especially those who are trying to use fake PVCs to rig during the forthcoming elections because it will be very difficult. It is time to stop act of rascality in the electoral system.
“It is so painful that Nigerians are not ready to make things right and that is why some politicians engaged in the production of fake PVCs but such will not work.
“Let them try us this time, the act will land them in jail,” he stated.
Speaking to the participants, Akeju urged Nigerian youths to stay away from violence and not to allow politicians to ruin their future, saying their vote is their future and power.
He called on them to ensure their votes count by exercising patience and endurance to protect their vote.