By Okechukwu Jombo
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State is plotting to compromise Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the State by inducing unsuspecting members of the public to surrender their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) to APC agents with false promise of cash payment.
Hon. Debo Ologunagba, the PDP National Publicity Secretary said in a statement that Our Party have been informed of how a Minister in the APC-led Federal Government, who has relocated to Imo State, is conniving with APC leaders in the State to manipulate information contained in the PCVs to compromise the integrity of INEC systems (BVAS and Server) with the view of rigging elections in the State.
“There are already apprehensions of plots by the APC to use the said Minister’s influence in the Communication Sector to hack into INEC’s system and open it up to manipulate accreditation and voting information to the advantage of the APC.
“The PDP cautions the APC and the said Minister to note that their scheme has been exposed. Imo State is a stronghold of the PDP; that the people are behind our Presidential and National Assembly candidates and any attempt to rob them of their votes will be firmly resisted.
“We urge the people of Imo State and Nigerians across the country to resist the APC by refusing to surrender their PVCs to anybody, no matter the pressure or inducement, or allow anybody, under any guise whatsoever, to have access to their PVCs.
“Nigerians must also note that the PVCs contain very important personal biometric information. Allowing APC agent’s access to the PVCs is likely to open their information to criminals who could use such to manipulate and devastate the financial and social lives of unsuspecting Nigerians.
“The PDP calls on INEC and the Police to take urgent action against the schemes of the APC in Imo State as the people will surely not accept any electoral outcome that does not reflect their Will and aspiration”, he said.