Protect Your Voters’ Cards, ACN Urges Electorate.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has alerted Nigerians on an alleged scheme by some desperate politicians to massively purchase or steal voters’ cards from unsuspecting owners in the run-up to the general elections starting on Saturday.
According to ACN, the planners’ aim is to disenfranchise as many people as possible in areas where they believe their party is not popular. In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the do-or-die politicians have allocated N90 million for the purpose of buying the cards off as many people as possible in some parts of Jigawa state alone. The idea is for the desperate politicians to use their ill-gotten money to buy the cards from poor and barely educated voters, with the intention of destroying them so those affected will not be able to vote. Also, they are stealing the voters’ cards’ numbers of as many unsuspecting people as possible, as part of their scheme to thwart the will of the people in the elections” it said.
“To Nigerians, therefore, we say protect your voters cards. It is the only power you have to show those who have mismanaged the affairs of your country that they cannot continue to hold sway, just as it gives you the opportunity to reward those who have delivered the dividends of democracy and make life worth living”, the party said.
“ACN said: “We are also alerting the local and international observers to pay attention to this anomaly when carrying out their election monitoring duties, as election rigging is not carried out on election days alone. We also hereby call on INEC to urgently investigate this and help nip it in the bud as part of the commission’s much trumpeted efforts to make the polls free, fair and credible”.
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