Following reports circulating online on an alleged attempts to clone and sell the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) on a foreign online business portal, alibaba.com, President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must come up with detailed explanation rather than making allegation with- out providing the substance.
According to Nwodo, the electoral commission has a history of raising issues without providing details.
“They should offer us better particulars and stop raising issues without providing particulars. If they said they found an attempt, what is the evidence, who is behind the attempt? Is it being done here in Nigeria or abroad? Have the people behind it been arrested?
“We have already told them that they are registering underaged children. They said they have made a report, but up till now the report has not been made public. So INEC should stop raising issues without providing particulars. I am a lawyer so I expect them to provide details of what they say”, Nwodo said.
On his part, Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo, said INEC as the electoral umpire should be held responsible for whatever shortcomings associated with elections.
As far as Adebanjo is concerned, the masterminds of the cloning are trying to win election at all cost.
“Are they not the people in-charge or are saying they don’t know about it? As far as I am concerned, the INEC chairman should be held responsible for whatever shortcomings that comes to the election. He is the chief electoral officer of the country and can’t shirk his responsibility.”
Recall that INEC had in a statement on Sunday, said the electoral agency had heard of such attempts and has taken security steps to protect the PVC, ahead of 2019.
“We wish to assure the public that the Commission had anticipated these and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure our electoral materials. Several security features and secret source codes are contained in the SmartCard Readers which enable them to read only PVCs duly issued by the Commission. The advertisement shows photographs of blank cards which have not been personalised and which do not contain any details,” Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, stated.