About 2, 045 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have been reportedly stolen from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Akwa Ibom State.
The theft happened at the Local Government Area office in Okobo, Akwa Ibom State.
Dr. Mohammed Mustapha Lecky, the National Commissioner, INEC, supervising Akwa Ibom, Delta and Cross River states, who made this known yesterday while briefing journalists at the INEC state headquarters along Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, attributed it to the handy work of desperate politicians who want to win elections in the state at all cost.
According to a Thisday report, Lecky said, the PVCs were awaiting distribution to the owners before the incident happened. This according to the electoral umpire is coming up few months to the conduct of the 2019 general elections in the country.
At the briefing were the State Resident INEC Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini and the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. John Abang, among other tops officials in attendance.
The INEC office in Okobo was attached by angry youths that protested the outcome of the conduct of the primaries election held by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area last month.
The INEC officer in charge of the three Niger Delta States however, maintained that the cards stolen will not have any effect on the conduct of the 2019 elections in the area as the list and details of the owners still with the commission would be used to reproduce same for the owners.
According to him, the Commission was working with security agencies to track down the suspects with a view to recovering the cards and prosecuting the hoodlums.