‘Obi-Datti Media office expects the INEC even before now to have drummed it into the ears of their staff, the critical importance of this election to the survival of the country and the need to make their patriotic contributions at their various levels…’
By Valentine Amanze
The Labour Party (LP) media outfit, Obi-Datti group, has alerted the nation of the plot to sabotage the 2023 general election by deliberately withholding voters’ PVCs.
Though it didn’t mention any individual or group, it alleged that in some areas in Lagos State prospective voters wishing to collect their voter’s cards were being frustrated with all kinds of excuses disrupting the PVC collection.
“We are also aware of the large inducement to some personnel of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos to lure them into the dubious nefarious act,” the group stated in Lagos on Wednesday.
The Obi-Datti group therefore appealed to INEC and relevant security agencies to see any move to undermine the electoral process as a huge crime against the state and should be so treated.
Besides, the group urged all Nigerians, particularly the Obidient family, to remain resolute and resist any anti-democratic moves against free, fair and credible elections in 2023.
It further disclosed that taking back Nigeria from the state enemies was an inevitable duty for all patriotic citizens.
“When we recently charged President Muhammedu Buhari and the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, to walk their talk of their promise to conduct free and fair elections in 2023, we expect that they should be concerned about all pre-Election Day activities.
“Concentrating only on Election Day activities while the major rigging is taking place ahead of the election is counter-productive and will defeat all the good intentions of the president and the commission.
“There should be no preferential treatment of any area or individuals as being reported in Lagos State and where such existed should discontinue immediately and affected commission officials reprimanded.
“Obi-Datti Media Office expects the INEC even before now to have drummed it into the ears of their staff, the critical importance of this election to the survival of the country and the need to make their patriotic contributions at their various levels by religiously playing by the rules in all they do before, during and after the election,” it stated.
The group also expressed worry over the large number of underaged voters registered by INEC officials, while calling for the prosecution of the identified officials of the commission involved.
“Not to do that immediately by the commission is to look at the presence of a rat in your kitchen and expect to have all your items intact.
“Obi-Datti Media Office is privy to credible intelligence that some politicians and political parties aware that the BVAS voting arrangement may be difficult to manipulate have resolved to start the election maneuvering from the stage of PVC registration and collection,” it stated.