…We’ve no hand in the act — APC spokesman
By Peter Duru
Makurdi— Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benue State has accused All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state of allegedly buying Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, from unsuspecting voters in Konshisha Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing newsmen, yesterday, on the development in Makurdi, PDP Chairman in Iwayam Ward, Awaji Annex, Mr. Alaaga Akav, said he uncovered the plot when a chieftain of APC in the ward was allegedly nabbed in the area while undertaking the project.
Akav alleged the suspect was caught with booklets of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, forms with which he was registering gullible voters and retrieving their PVCs for undisclosed sum.
According to him, “I was about going to market when I saw large number of persons gathered in my council Ward. I left for the market but someone later alerted me of what was happening.”
Also speaking on the matter, Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters, Mr. Don Korihom, said the issue had been reported to the Divisional Police Officer in Konshisha who had dispatched his men to track down the suspect.
Reacting, the state APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. James Ornguga said, “our party is not aware of that issue, we cannot say the person involved is a card carrying member of our party.
“As far as I am concerned, the state secretariat has not authorised anybody to carry out such assignment. If such a directive is coming, it will emanate from the State Working Committee of which I am also a member. So we are not aware of the action.”
On his part, the state’s Public Relations Officer of INEC, Mr. Andyer Terkaa, said: “I am yet to receive any official report to that effect and nobody in Konshisha has reported that some INEC forms in the area are missing.”