Refrain from trade in PVCs or go to jail, Kano REC warns electorate
The Kano Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Amb Zango Abdu has warned those buying or selling Permanent Voters Cards ( PVCs ) to desist from such an ugly effort , warning that anybody caught would be prosecuted.
Amb Abdu who gave the warning while responding to questions from pressmen at a stakeholders meeting on Thursday in Kano, said that buying of a PVC would be meaningless because only the owner can use it to vote.
He said: "whosoever is caught with PVCs belonging to other people will face the wrath of the law accordingly."
He sighted the case of a person arrested with 367 PVCs from Gabasawa local government area of Kano state was arrested and already prosecuted and jailed.
"The cards totalling 367 were said to belong to voters from Yautar Registration Area.
"The matter was investigated by the police command and the culprit was arraigned before a court of law where judgement was delivered.
"The commission had received back the cards from Police custody and the cards are being redistributed to the rightful owners" he stated.
The commissioner further called on political parties to focus on issue-based campaigns devoid of violence, abusive, intemperate and slanderous language that could lead to breakdown of law and order.
He stated that Kano has the second highest number of registered voters in Nigeria and conducting free and fair election will add value to democracy in Nigeria.
He assured the public that he would deliver a free and fair election to all irrespective of political parties or other inclinations.
Speaking on behalf of the police, the Kano Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Dauda, and the Assistant Police Commissioner, Daniel Amah stated that investigation was on concerning alleged hate speech by some leading politicians in the state and will face the wrath of the law if found guilty.
He assured the public that police is working round the clock to ensure there was hitch-free election in 2023.