By Stanley Onyekwere
The Presidential candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the forthcoming February 14 election, Dr. Ibrahim Mani, has expressed reservations about the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the electorate.
Dr. Mani told journalists in an interview that he was not satisfied with the distribution of PVC so far, lamenting that millions of electorate are yet to get their voters’ card.
This according to him is sending wrong signals to the electorate even as he said that the process of distributing the PVC is frustrating and making things difficult.
He cautioned the Commission to up its game by making sure that all that needed to be done to ensure free, fair and credible elections next month were done.
The ADC candidate noted that Nigerians would not accept anything that is short of free, fair and credible election from the Commission next month.
His words: “I’m not satisfied that till date there are still millions out there that have not collected their permanent voters card. This is not because the people have not made any efforts but because there are problems here and there. It is frustrating and making it extremely difficult. This is not a good sign.
“We are hoping that the electoral commission would up its activities and understand that Nigerians would definitely not take any excuse from them and then we would not accept a situation where the next election is short of anything free, fair and credible.”
Speaking on his chances at the poll, Dr. Mani said a lot of Nigerians are yet to decide on whom to cast their votes for in the February 14 election arguing those considered as the biggest contenders are only pushing personal and mediocre issues to Nigeria.
“There is nothing new that anybody is presenting among those seemed to be favoured now. As you can see the issues that are being pushed by the two large parties are issues that are a bit personal and mediocre. People must look the other way now; do we really want change, do we really want genuine change now.
“A lot of Nigerians have not decided on whom to cast their vote for,” he said.