The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Governor Ayo Fayose of buying Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from students.
The Nation reports that the APC alleged that governor Fayose is targeting students of higher institutions and artisans across the state with the intention of collecting their voter cards in exchange for cash.
In a statement issued on Thursday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party warned the people to desist from such act and not surrender their cards to governor Fayose and his cohorts.
Olatunbosun identified Fayose and his associates as the brain behind the massive mop-up of students’ and artisans’ PVCs in exchange for cash, describing the act as “callous mortgaging of the future of Ekiti youths.”
“News reaching us now is that Governor Ayodele Fayose has started visiting all the artisans and students in the higher institutions in Ekiti-State, demanding for their PVCs in exchange for cash. Recently, the governor visited the School of Health Technology, Ijero; College of Education, Ikere; Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti and some other institutions where he deceived students to surrender their PVCs for cash,” he said.
The publicity secretary reminded the students that the challenge before them goes beyond immediate monetary advantage.
Reacting to the opposition claims, Lanre Ogunsuyi, Special Assistant to the Governor on Information, Youth and Sports debunked APC’s allegation.
Ogunsuyi stressed that governor Fayose does not need to buy voter cards before winning election for President Goodluck Jonathan because the governor already enjoys mammoth goodwill and love from the people of the state as shown in the June 21 governorship election, hence cannot descend so low to start buying voter cards.
Meanwhile, Governor Fayose, who has become extremely controversial of late recently made a statement warning the APC and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, over unprovoked attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign train in some parts of the north.
Also, Fayose recently came under serious attack following the advertisement he did on Punch and The Sun newspapers showing Nigeria’s past leaders comprising Late Gen. Sani Abacha, Murtala Muhammed, former President Musa Yar’Adua and the photograph of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari with a question mark on his image.[Online Nigeria]