Jang Drags INEC To Court Over PVC Distribution
PLATEAU State governor, Jonah Jang, has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court, over irregular distribution of permanent voter cards in the state. The governor also threatened to mobilise people of the state to vote with their temporary voter cards, if the electoral body fails to produce their PVCs by March 8.
Speaking Saturday in Jos, Jang, who was unhappy with the development, expressed disappointment over the distribution in the state and other parts of the country, adding that the issue has started generating controversies among political parties, especially between the ruling party and the main opposition party.
“If this election was held on the 14th of this month, can we sincerely say INEC was ready for the election? You have mentioned areas in Plateau State that have not received their PVCs; not that these PVCs are in Abuja, but based on what I have been told, they have not been printed to be brought to Abuja.
“What is the guarantee that these PVCs will get to Nigeria before 8th of March for another deadline. Honestly, we appreciated Professor Attahiru Jega when he conducted the 2011 elections, but whether some people are sabotaging him or he himself is not aware of this, only God in heaven knows. When these PVCs came to Jos North, one section got theirs and others did not get. In Jos South, the same thing and other places,” he lamented.
Jang called on political parties to put more pressure on INEC to do the right thing and expedite action on the provision of the cards, instead of seeing it as an opportunity to play politics.
“It is not healthy for our nation. We are behaving as if the PVCs that had been collected were for a particular party, citizens of Nigeria registered to vote; no one has gone into their heart to know who they would vote for. So, I thought all political parties should have put pressure on INEC to ensure that everything is done to have credible election for this country, rather than playing on sentiment that PDP wants to sack Jega.”
The governor said he has gone to court to seek for the use of temporary cards, if the Commission is unable to provide the PVCs.
“I have even gone to court to allow usage temporary voter cards; INEC should allow this because they cannot deprive my people because it is not their fault. We used this temporary voter cards for 2011 election, we have used them for bye-election and two local government elections here in Plateau State without any problem. So, I’m advocating that, if by March 8, my people have not received their PVCs, I’m going to make an announcement that anybody with temporary voters card should go to polling units and vote.
“I still encourage Professor Jega not to our democracy; they should do everything possible to ensure that this country gets credible elections and that those who have attained the age of voting should be allowed to vote,” he said.
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