Ebonyi 2023: APGA raises alarm over illegal purchase of PVCs by APC

cautions voters not to grant desperate politicians access to their voter's cards

vows to challenge action in Court




The All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA), in Ebonyi State, says it has uncovered plans by the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) in the state to commission its agents to illegally purchase the Permanent Voter’s Cards of the electorates, particularly in the hinterlands.

The publicity secretary of the party, Mr Nwanchor Chibuike Nwanchor in a statement made available to The Trumpet, listed the villages to include Izzi, Ebonyi, North and Ezza south Local government areas in the Central senatorial parts of the State.

APGA alleged that the victims who are predominantly illiterate and uninformed voters are offered from between N5, 000 to N10,000 depending on the bargain to offer their PVCs to the APC agents.

The statement read in part” We wish to notify the general populace and indeed all Ebonyians that allowing themselves to fall prey to the APC’s fraudulent gimmicks would amount to allowing the APC to defraud and disenfranchise as many as possible, especially in the many areas they are sure of most uncertain of victory.

“Secondly, we wish to inform the APC that if they do not retrace their steps, the law would take its course and they, and their agents would have themselves to blame.

“Subject to section 22 (a)(b) & (c) of the amended Electoral Act, the offences of buying and selling of voter’s Cards by any person who is unlawful possession of any voter’s card whether issued in the name of any voter or not; or sells or attempts to sell or offers to sell any voter’s card, whether issued in the name of any voter or not; or buy or offers to buy any voters’ card whether on his own or on behalf of any other person, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine, not more than five hundred thousand naira or imprisonment not more than two years or both.

“We foresee a future of imprisonment for many APC leaders and their agents if they do not immediately discontinue this illegality. Having lost popularity and credibility among the Ebonyi electorates, who have never voted for the Party before and will never contemplate voting for them especially now that the sufferings of Ebonyians and the rest of Nigerians have been further worsened by the poor performance in all indices.

“We understand the uncouth desperation of the ruling Party to remain in power even if illegally.

APGA therefore, implore Ebonyians to report anyone found culpable in the act to the appropriate authorities as well as to the whistleblowers spread across the state.

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“Ebonyians have to understand that such a fraudulent act is inimical to the growth and advancement of our democracy and will definitely truncate their resolve to elect credible and competent leaders at all levels that can offer them good and accountable leadership and governance which our part APGA best parades.

“Already, we have written to the relevant agencies of government about such latest criminal developments and will pursue the law to the letter to ensure anyone caught in such fraudulent act is adequately punished.”

Continuing, he calls on the National Orientation Agency(NOA), Civil Society Organisations and bodies responsible for enlightening the electorates to live up to their duties by beaming their searchlights, especially in the rural areas on the recent red flag.

It said the excitement and optimism generated by the new Electoral reforms ahead of the 2023 general elections, should not be sacrificed on the altars of some desperate politicians in Ebonyi state.

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