Ahead of the August 9, governorship election, the All Progressives Congress has alleged that about 500,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) have been cloned in Osun State.
It said the cards, which were either unclaimed, nor handed over to the authentic owners or were obtained fraudulently, were cloned to rig Saturday’s poll.
In a statement on Monday by its ational Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC said: “These cloned cards, mostly in the hands of persons from states other than Osun, are to be used along with the authentic PVCs issued to the electorate during Saturday’s election.
“Already, we can confirm that the hundreds of thousands of people in possession of these cloned cards all over Nigeria, especially in states neighbouring Osun, are being induced monetarily and instructed to super impose their photographs on the cloned PVCs.
“The game plan is for them to arrive early at polling booths on the election day, where conniving electoral officials will turn a blind eye to this fraud by not checking whether or not the names of these impersonators with cloned cards are on the voters registers before accrediting them to vote at the expense of the genuine owners of the cards.
“According to the dubious plan, unscrupulous security agents – both official and unofficial – will be at hand to brutalise, arrest and detain any agent or voter who may want to challenge this illegality.
“We urge the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), if it is not part of this diabolical plan, to ensure that only voters registers used to issue out PVCs to voters up till August 4 are used to conduct the election.
“We demand that copies of these registers, which are already in possession of local government electoral officers, be made available to all political parties, at least, 72 hours before the election. Anything short of using the registers containing the names of the authentic voters will not be acceptable”.
The APC thanked residents of the state for providing information that will thwart rigging plans and ensure a credible poll.
Urging the people to be vigilant, it said: “Their desperation knows no bounds, hence they will do anything, no matter how illegal, to thwart the will of the people. But no power is bigger than the people’s power and no inducement is worth anyone’s conscience. The votes of the people of Osun must not only be counted, but must count on Saturday”.