The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reiterated its earlier call on Benue citizens and Nigerians to rise against the unfolding electoral crime of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) buying trending in the state.
The publicity secretary of the party, Bemgba Iortyom in a chat with newsmen in Makurdi disclosed that one Atsor Terzungwe, was arrested recently by the police for collecting numbers on the PVCs, Bank Accounts and Phone numbers from members of the public with a promised to pay them in due course.
According to Iortyom, the arrest has further validated the party’s earlier alarm, that agents of the APC were buying permanent cards at the rate of N5,000 and N10,000 in IDPs camps and other places.
“This development has further validated the alarm we earlier raise to the public in a statement a few days back to the effect that we have uncovered a scam by the APC, who were buying PVCs from IDPs and other members of the public.”
The publicity secretary charged the police not to relent in their duty to ensure that the ugly development is nipped in the bud, in the best interests of democracy and Nigeria.
“We have it on record reliably from sources that while the decamping and campaign ceremony of the APC was ongoing at IDPs camp Daudu, their agents were going round the camp secretly offering monies ranging between N5,000 and N10,000 to the IDPs in exchange for their PVCs.
“The aim of the uncovered APC scheme, like we had warned in our statement, is to rig the 2019 elections in their favour with the attendant potentially negative and disruptive consequences to our fledgling democracy.
“This is an impending disaster we are calling on Benue people to rise up, reject, and resist.”
While commending the police for their efforts in fighting crime, Iortyom appealed to them to do their investigation with a view to arresting the contractor.
It would be recalled that the Benue State Police command had announced the arrest of one Atsor Terzungwe of No.27 Atile Street, Gboko North, for deceiving unsuspecting members of the public and collecting the numbers on their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), Bank Account Numbers and Phone numbers with a promise of payment in due course.
According to the command spokesman, Moses Yamu, during investigation, the suspect confessed to have been contracted by one Charles Azoo of Abuja to collate the aforementioned data and forward to him.
He said investigation is ongoing with a view to arresting the contractor.