Jega, deliberately frustrates the distribution of PVCs in the South – Ndigbo

By Post Nigeria February 18, 2015 09:49

Jega, deliberately frustrates the distribution of PVCs in the South – Ndigbo

Col. Austin Akobundu, rtd, National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South-east zone, has accused Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, of deliberately frustrating the distribution of PVCs in PDP strongholds.

Akobundu, in a statement in Enugu on Tuesday, challenged INEC to show evidence of its neutrality by ensuring effective and uninhibited distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVCs, in PDP run states and strongholds.

He decried Jega’s display of favoritism in his discharge of his constitutional duties by distributing more PVCs in the North and especially in APC ruled states, with minimal distribution in the South and PDP run States.

“In the last couple of days, Prof. Jega’s lack of neutrality in the exercise of his constitutional assignment has manifested exceedingly. From the published list of states that have collected their PVCs so far, it is apparent that only the APC control states have had greater percentage of the PVCs collection,

“For instance, how can Jega and his INEC justify a situation whereby the South-east, South-south, South-west and North-central, which are relatively PDP strongholds are yet to get substantial number of PVCs when zones like North-west and North-east where some of its part is the theatre of war, both zones have so far had over 75 percent collection.

“Besides, areas considered as PDP strongholds have been denied the collection of PVCs. It is worrying that in states like Lagos, which has a large population of PDP members and sympathisers, areas considered as PDP districts have been denied the receipt of their PVCs when APC dominated areas have all had their PVCs even before the postponed February 14 elections,

“Can Jega evidently explain why the South-east geopolitical zone and indeed all areas where the Igbo people inhabit across the country have not received up to 60per cent of their PVCs as against other areas and zones? Surprisingly, Jega pranced about claiming to be ready to conduct February 14 and February 28 elections.

“For now, over 10million Igbos are yet to collect their PVCs and if Jega and his INEC continue to show the present high degree of apathy and bias, this large number would be disenfranchised on March 28 and April 11.

“I therefore challenge Jega and INEC to show evidence of neutrality and live up to national and international expectations in the conduct of the 2015 elections by distributing PVCs to areas where Ndigbo are found in large numbers like South-east, Lagos and some parts of the North.

“Ndigbo have suffered enough marginalisation. We cannot afford another dangerous phase of denial; the denial of our right to vote and be voted for which Jega and his INEC are trying to foist on us,

“I will therefore use this opportunity to commend President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his maturity in handling the antics of the opposition including the various attacks on his campaign train during the PDP campaign rallies in some parts of the north. It shows the high level of tolerance of Mr. President and the PDP leadership,

“I assure you that Ndigbo will vote massively for the PDP and Mr. President in March 28 and April 11, 2015 polls.”