By Musa Baba Adamu
Deputy Senate President and Delta All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Ovie Omo-Agege, has faulted moves by the Delta State government to obtain records of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from citizens in the name of a skills acquisition program.
Senator Omo-Agege, who was reacting to the effort by the Delta State Ministry of Youth Development to obtain Permanent Voter Cards from applicants interested in its skill acquisition programme, said there is no nexus between skills acquisition and PVCs.
Speaking with journalists at the Delta Central APC Leaders and Stakeholders meeting in Effurun, Omo-Agege asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration to smell the coffee, as the New Electoral Act has emplaced a new order that makes election rigging impossible.
“Of course we are concerned. You know PDP as a party in Delta State is synonymous with rigging. They are scared of anything that bespeaks free and fair voting. But they fail to understand that there is a new electoral regime in place; and that it is going to be almost impossible to rig the coming elections. Notwithstanding they are still giving it their best shot by asking for PVCs from applicants.
“We don’t know for what purpose. If you want to do empowerment or training, there is no reason why you should be asking for a copy of people’s PVC.
“But be that as it may, we are watching. And we are determined to ensure that whatever gets in their hands will be rendered useless on election day,” he said.