The Lagos gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Jimi Agbaje has alleged that the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have connived with the All Progressives Congress, APC, to disenfranchise non-indigene residing in Lagos.
According to Agbaje, the non-indigenes were being denied of their voters’ cards.
The PDP governorship candidate, who commended INEC for extending the collection of PVCs to Monday, said the extension would make no meaning should officials themselves become a stumbling block to an identified set of voters.
Agbaje disclosed this in a statement by the Agbaje Campaign Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Felix Oboagwina.
The statement reads: “These unscrupulous INEC workers deny cards to potential and duly registered voters whose names do not sound Yoruba or Hausa. Our fear is that at the end of the day, these unclaimed PVCs will be used to do proxy-voting for APC or end up in the lagoon or refuse dump.
“We are witnessing a xenophobic, discriminatory and dangerous move by these INEC officials. They have embarked on a voyage of illegality. The Nigerian Constitution says that no one should be discriminated against on the basis of sex, status or tribe. But these xenophobic, discriminatory and nepotistic officials have undertaken to violate these provisions against their own good conscience and against the Electoral Act and the Nigerian Constitution.
“However, whenever they show up like other people to collect their PVCs, the officials take a look at the names on their PVCs, and where they are neither Yoruba nor Hausa names; they are told that their cards did not come with the pile being distributed at the time.
“We are not comfortable with the situation.
“It appears like part of a grand plan by these officials to ensure APC falsely has a good result in their areas by all means.”