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Agbaje’s team alleges seizure of non-indigenes’ PVCs in Lagos


Jimi Agbaje, PDP Lagos candidate

• Kano rally signals president’s rejection, says PDP

The Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation (JACO) has raised an alarm that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials are colluding with the APC to disenfranchise non-indigenes resident in Lagos State.JACO alleged that the INEC personnel, acting APC’s script, were engaged in discriminatory distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by withholding the cards of non-indigenes, who they suspect of being unsympathetic to the ruling party.

Although the organisation commended INEC for extending the collection of PVCs to yesterday, it argued that the extension would make no meaning if the officials constitute a stumbling block to some set of voters.

Describing the trend as immoral, illegal and xenophobic, JACO demanded that the commission should immediately intervene in the matter, restore normalcy and bring the indicted officials to book.


A statement by JACO’s Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwina, noted that the organisation was inundated with reports from aggrieved members of the public, alarmed that INEC officials were denying non-indigenes resident in areas where the PDP may enjoy support their PVCs.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said support for its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, at its campaign rally in Kano, shows that President Muhammadu Buhari has been rejected in the Northwest.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party insisted that the overwhelming crowd that welcomed Atiku in Kano has finally awakened President Buhari to the reality that he has lost the state.“The spontaneous jubilation by Nigerians who received Atiku Abubakar in Kano reinforces their rejection of President Buhari for impoverishing them with his incompetence and his endorsement of corruption in the state,” the statement reads.

It also stated that “the Kano people are in alignment with other states of the federation, particularly in the north, in rejecting President Buhari for his insensitivity to the welfare of the poor, while his close relations and cabal live in arrogant opulence.”President Buhari’s rejection in the face of soaring acceptance of Atiku across the country, particularly in Kano, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina, hitherto considered as his (Buhari’s) stronghold, has shown that the President and his All Progressives Congress (APC) have come to the end of their road.

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