AGENE GODWIN, Benin
Some delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have claimed that their Personal Voters Cards are being illegally collected from them by the campaign office of one of the governorship aspirants under the pretext that they would be employed.
They said this development is becoming worrisome by the day as their rights have also been infringed by some leaders of the party particularly in the Oredo, Orhionmwon and Uhumwode local government chapters of the party.
Comrade Johnbull Igiebor, who spoke on behalf of the affected delegates however alleged that a meeting was summoned of all delegates in the private residence of one Chief Obaseki who was alleged to have collected their cards in the name of taking them to Government House for employment.
They said that when they demanded the cards, they were told that “it has been kept for safe keeping and was being processed for jobs at the Government House.”
Meantime, all attempts to confirm the veracity of the allegation from Chief Obaseki proved abortive as he could not be reached.Calls to his cell phone number was unanswered.
The delegates said “We want to bring it to the attention of the National leadership of our party that some of our leaders are deploying several means to ensure that their preffered aspirants win at all costs in the forthcoming APC governorship party primary.
“As I speak with you, my PVC and that of other delegates have been taken from us by our leader and said he was taking it to the government house to be processed for us to get jobs.
“Many of us can no longer live in our houses for fear of being harassed and intimidated by a particular leader of our party in Oredo who has deployed several means of harassing us each time we are to see any visiting aspirants to our ward or LGA.
“Our appeal to the national is that these people must be called to order and all delegates must be assured of maximum security during and after the APC primaries, a stitch in time they say saves nine,” he stressed, insisting that the issue of their PVCs should be investigated.