…’Lagos has rejected APC’
The campaign organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate for Lagos, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of cloning and compromising Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for N10,000 preparatory to rigging the 2019 polls in the state.
APC agents have been sneaking from street to street and from house to house, convincing unwary voters to submit their Voter Identity Numbers (VINs) in return for instant cash transfers, Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation (JACO) revealed.
A statement by Felix Oboagwina, Director of Media and Publicity, said that the agents would usually ask for people’s VINs, snap their photographs and collect their account details, upon which money was then instantly transferred to those who complied.
“Each target is usually given N10,000. If you say you have no account, they will send the money into the account of someone around to assist you in cashing the money,” the statement said.
According to JACO, these APC agents had been sighted moving through Lagos State on their evil assignment.
The statement revealed that these VIN collectors were usually attired in INEC-branded vests and matching bags, as they went about impersonating officers of the commission.
JACO said: “Information reveals that on election day, all such procured VINs will be remotely deactivated from each owner’s card and automatically activated to vote APC. APC has cloned hundreds of thousands of cards that will be used to neutralise the compromised cards.
“Meanwhile, the bonafide voter would get to the polling booth and his attempt to vote would be frustrated as the card reader would either reject the card or indicate that the owner was trying to do double-voting because he had already been recorded as having voted.
“Any such attempt by card holders to vote would amount to double-voting and the person would find himself disenfranchised.
“For a party whose mantra is change and anti-corruption, this is perpetrating the mother of all corruption,” JACO said. “If APC performed, why will they need to resort to the desperado tactics of purchasing votes?
It noted: “Taking to such desperate means clearly demonstrates that APC as a party in government has failed. It has seen the handwriting on the wall. And the next thing is to rig the election with all evil methods available.”
Urging the police to get to the root of the matter, Agbaje’s campaign organisation said security agents must apprehend those financing the perfidy.
“Police must immediately hit the streets to arrest anyone parading around on this immoral enterprise,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Jimi Agbaje has stated that APC has been rejected by all segments of the Lagos society.
Speaking at a youth town hall meeting organised in honour of the PDP’s Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in Lagos on Monday, Agbaje stated that APC would lose by a wide margin in Lagos society.
This is coming just as he accused the APC of doing all it could to subvert its campaign efforts ahead of the poll scheduled to hold in March next year.
The PDP guber hopeful who spoke in pidgin English restated that the people of the state are tired of the prevailing status quo of ‘one man rule.’
“We have been on this for sometime and I can tell you that our campaign is for thè freedom of Lagos. We are saying no more ‘baba sope’ (godfatherism).” He said.
Commenting further in his prospects at the forthcoming election, Agbaje who promised Atiku of victory said, “The only solution (for winning) that they have now is rigging.”
According to Agbaje the ruling party is jittery of impending defeat hence it has recourse to vandalism of the PDP’s campaign assets.
“Them dey fear but I tell them sey, them never see anything yet. Over the weekend they were tearing and removing our posters and billboards,” he said.
While expressing his resolve and that of his party, the PDP, he vowed, “When they remove our billboards; we will put another ones. When they tear our posters, we will paste new ones.”
According to Agbaje, the people of the state have rejected the APC and that the confirmation would come during the forthcoming polls.
“I can assure you that as long as the people of Lagos are concerned they know who to vote for. If you go to the market and you ask the market women they will tell you that they know were to vote. All the people of the state know were to cast their votes,” he said.