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The Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, on Sunday alleged that the All Progressives Congress,
APC, was buying the Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, of
Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the state.
PDP claimed that APC was “secretly” offering between N5,
000 to N10, 000 for each PVCs at the IDPs camp.
A statement signed and sent to DAILY POST by Bemgba
Iortyom, PDP State Publicity Secretary urged the IDPs to shun
such actions.
The state chapter of PDP also urged security agencies to
investigate its claim and ensure that perpetrators were made
to face the wrath of the law.
The statement reads, “PDP in Benue State has uncovered a
scheme by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to buy voters
cards belonging to internally displaced victims of Fulani
herdsmen attacks some of who are presently taking refuge in
camps in the state.
“Credible intelligence at our disposal indicate that APC is
targeting to possibly manipulate and rig the 2019 elections in
its favour through this scheme which the party launched on
the day it staged a decamping ceremony inside the Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp at Daudu.
“To have staged a decamping ceremony inside an IDPs camp
alone was a record showing of moral depravity and
conscienceless desperation, yet APC went a step further down
the path of infamy with their agents secretly offering monies
ranging between N5,000 and N10,000 to displaced persons at
the camp in exchange for their Permanent Voters Cards
(PVCs) while the charade of a decamping ceremony lasted.
“The scheme has since then continued by the opposition party
in the state with their agents going about secretly to IDPs
camps and as well to residences housing those victims of
herdsmen attacks offering to them various sums of money in
exchange for their PVCs.
“This development is not only obnoxious and nefarious but
directly targets to undermine the very institution of democracy
which stands as the most prized asset Nigerians have next to
the corporate entity of the country.
“Moreover, this scheme amounts to wickedly rubbing salt into
the injuries of Benue IDPs who are suffering today because the
APC controlled federal government failed to protect them from
the swords, knives and bullets of Fulani herdsmen who have
for years killed, maimed and plundered our land at will and
unchallenged.
“We understand that APC presently is a failed political
experiment only waiting to be consigned to the graveyard of
history by Nigerians, as such the party may not be able to
properly appreciate the value of the democratic culture which
PDP painstakingly helped to nurture, yet the party must not be
allowed to dangerously rock our ship of state in its dying
moments.
“We, therefore, call on the good people of Benue State to rise
up and condemn in the strongest possible terms this dastardly
scheme by APC, and we urge all internally displaced persons
to shun the devilish offer to sell their PVCs to the same party
that has been responsible for their plight.
“Furthermore, we challenge security agencies to launch their
own investigations into this matter and bring the perpetrators
to book to safeguard and preserve our priceless institution of
democracy, in the best interest of the Nigerian nation.”