The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has condemned the purported connivance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to withhold permanent voter's cards (PVCs) of eligible voters in the state.
The Osun PDP also stated that the alleged INEC action would dangerous as it will cause people of the state unnecessary frustration as their inalienable rights to freely choose will be denied them.
According to a statement by Adekunle Akindele, the Osun PDP Caretaker Committee chairman on Friday, the party said it has been inundated with several emergency calls from parts of the state on the allegations of INEC denying prospective voters their PVCs.
"More grievous is the efforts by INEC releasing voter cards in bulk to some assigned APC leaders in different local governments and communities which are in turn warehoused by such leaders for onward distribution to their members and or mercenary voters the Apc are planning to ship to Osun State for the purpose of the election."
"Several reports with the PDP from different communities and electoral wards in the state suggest that while INEC has been reluctant to release PVC to thousands of registered voters, some of them were being directed by APC agents hanging around the collection centers designated by INEC to see one political leader or the other for their PVC."
While wondering when APC became part of INEC, Akindele described the current gale of excuses by INEC field officials in refusing residents of the state their PVCs as strange and worrisome.
He lamented that this was coming after the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Abduganiyu Olayinka Raji had gone on national radio announcing the availability of the cards with ample time to sort same before embarking on distribution across the local governments.