By John Onah, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ondo State said about I, 478,460 Permanent Voters Cards (PVcs) have been distributed to eligible voters for the October 10, governorship election in the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr Rufus Akeju made this known while speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Akure, the state capital.
Akeju also expressed confidence that the commission was fully ready and prepared for the exercise which he promised would be free, fair and transparent.
“As we speak, everything required statutorily had been put in place for the registered voters in the state to vote for candidates of their choice on Saturday.
“In Addition, adequate security has been put in place by the commission in collaboration with security agencies through the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) to secure the voters.
“Ondo State has 3,009 polling units, 203 registration areas in all 18 local government areas of the state, it has 1,822,346 registered voters while 1,478,460 of PVCs were distributed and 343,886 of PVCs remaining uncollected.
“The implication of the above is that only 1,478,460 voters that have collected their permanent voters’ cards are expected to come to the various voting points to exercise their franchise on Saturday,” he said.
APC, PDP Raise the Alarm over Importation of Thugs
Meanwhile, the two contending parties in the election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have raised the alarm over the importation of thugs into the state ahead of tomorrow’s poll
A statement by the Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation signed by Zadok Akintoye, alleged that thugs from Kogi state had been imported and lodged in hotels in Akure.
Akintoye said that “the attention of the Department of State Security and the Nigerian Army is drawn to the presence of heavily armed men at Sharon Hotel, Ijapo Akure under the supervision of the Executive Governor of Kogi state, H.E Yahaya Bello and the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs Sen. Tayo Alasoadura.
“We remind the APC-led Akeredolu Government of the commitment of all political parties to the peaceful conduct of this election as witnessed to by the signing of the Peace Accord yesterday 6th October 2020 at the International Conference and Event Center.
“We called the attention of President General Muhammadu Buhari to immediately call the governor and his minister to order to avert major violent confrontation and crisis in this election.
“We also use this opportunity to inform the International Community to hold the APC government accountable for any breach of the peace as we will firmly resist the planned violent intervention of Mr. Yaya Bello and his fellow anti-democratic forces in this election”.
” We remain committed to the commitment made by our candidate and party to peaceful elections. Also, the All Progressive Congress Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaye alleged that the thugs imported into the state Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde went wild by attacking APC members Kalejaye said in a statement that ” barely 24 hours after a Peace accord was signed in Akure, the Ondo State capital, ahead of Saturday’s election, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) broke loose on Wednesday and launched a fresh attack on members of the All Progressives Congress, APC.