Ogun state gubernatorial candidate under the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Rotimi Paseda, has called on INEC to release his Permanent Voters Card, PVC.
Paseda cried out to the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to order the release.
Speaking with newsmen at the party secretariat in Abeokuta on Wednesday, he expressed frustrations over the non-issuance of his PVC by INEC.
He lamented that though he had applied for replacement of his PVC since August 2018, the electoral body had failed to reproduce the card barely three days to the 2019 elections in which he is a candidate.
Paseda explained that he had requested for a replacement of his PVC when he discovered that it was peeling, narrating how he approached the INEC office in Odogbolu Local Government and was attended to by an electoral officer.
He said, “The PVC with Area code number: 27-17-14-003 and VIN: 90F5-B159- 6641- 6087-233 Paseda, Olatunde Rotimi, was used to vote during the year 2015 general elections without any complaints.
“An electoral officer in the local government area attended to my complaint, collected the original PVC after making a photocopy of the same card and advised that I should be checking for a reprint of the card.
“To my surprise, I have been visiting the Odogbolu area office of INEC to see how to pick my PVC since then till today.
“Surprisingly, I was told by an official in the Electoral Officer’s office that my data does not exist in the Commission’s database.
“For goodness’ sake, how could a PVC used by myself, a governorship candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria during 2015 general elections and now a governorship candidate of SDP in the 2019 general elections suddenly disappear from the database of INEC?
“How on earth does the Commission intend to wash itself clean of the allegations that it is involved in selling people’s PVCs?”