The media office of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that citizens get their Permanent Voter Cards with ease.
In a statement made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday, the media team raised the alarm on the challenges faced by electorate seeking to collect their PVCs.
The statement noted that prospective voters in some areas of Lagos State were faced with issues, alleging that some INEC staff were being “dubious” in their distribution.
It partly read, “Reports reaching Obi-Datti Media Office show that the collection of PVC is not going smoothly in some centers across the country.
“Our attention was drawn in particular to Lagos state where in some identified areas prospective voters wishing to collect their voter’s cards are being frustrated with all kinds of excuses disrupting the PVC collection.
“We are also aware of the large inducement to some personnel of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Lagos to lure them into the dubious nefarious act.
“When we recently charged President Muhammedu Buhari and the INEC Chairman Prof Mahmoud Yakubu to walk their talk of their promise to conduct free and fair elections in 2023, we expect that they should be concerned about all pre-Election Day activities.
“Concentrating only on Election Day activities while the major rigging is taking place ahead of the election is counter productive and will defeat all the good intentions of the President and the commission.”
The group then called on INEC and other security agencies to ensure that all prospective voters get their PVCs.
“We therefore call on INEC and relevant security agencies to see any move to undermine the electoral process as a huge crime against the state and should be so treated.
“We finally urge all Nigerians particularly the Obidient family to remain resolute and ensure they resist any anti democratic moves against free, fair and credible elections in 2023. Taking back Nigeria is an inevitable duty for all patriotic citizens,” the statement read.