Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate, in Ogun State, Rotimi Paseda, has called on the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to order production and release of his Permanent Voter Card (PVC) without further delay.
Paseda made the call, in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, yesterday, when he briefed newsmen at the SDP secretariat on the development.
Paseda explained that he had applied for replacement of his damaged PVC since August last year, but, the electoral body has failed to reproduce the card.
According to him, members of his immediate family and party members, numbering about 15, who applied for PVCs, together with him, have since got their PVCs, and wondered why he was exempted.
“The PVC with Area code number: 27-17-14-003 and VIN: 90F5-B159- 6641- 6087-233 Paseda, Olatunde Rotimi, was used to vote during the 2015 general election without any complaints.
“An electoral officer in the local government area attended to my complaint, collected the original PVC, after making a photocopy of the same card and advised that I should be checking for a re-print of the card.
“To my surprise, I have been visiting the Odogbolu area office of INEC to see how to pick my PVC since then till today.
“Surprisingly I was told by an official that my data did not exist in the commission’s data base,” he said.