The chairman of Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, was advised by Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to immediately call a meeting of stakeholders in the next month’s general elections with the goal of formulating plans and ideas on how to render intentions of politicians whom he claimed are buying Permanent Voter Card (PVC).
Saraki, urged the INEC boss not to stop elevating the alarm but devise a water-tight arrangement to make efforts of such unscrupulous politicians pointless immediately while reacting to a statement credited to Prof. Yakubu that some politicians were already planning to purchase PVC’s.
In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President said the development constitutes a major threat to the successful conduct of the 2019 Polls as it can become the single factor to decide where victory swings in the election.
“We have continued to maintain that manipulation of election results does not start and end on Election Day. It starts long before the day and goes on even after the declaration of results. That is why we have to continually be vigilant and once we identify any threat to free, fair and transparent conduct of a credible election like the INEC chairman has done, all stakeholders must put heads together to block the loop-holes.
“All stakeholders must come up fast with a solution to render useless the antics of those who intend to procure voter’s cards. We all need to put our heads together and I am sure that such a stakeholders meeting will not only nip in the bud the looming danger, it will also engender general confidence in the system and create a system in which all stakeholders become problem solvers.
He added that in the next six weeks preceding the first set of elections and immediately after the elections, it is important for INEC to come up with an arrangement in which it would constantly consult with stakeholders to identify issues that would affect the process and to find collaborative solutions to it.