The Ebonyi State Chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance has raised the alarm over an alleged purchase of Permanent Voter Cards by the All Progressives Congress in the state.
This was as the party warned voters not to allow desperate politicians in the state access to their voter cards, stressing it would approach the Court to seek redress in the alleged ugly situation.
APGA Publicity Secretary in the state, Chubuike Nwanchor, said this in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement read, “The attention of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Ebonyi State, has been drawn to allegations that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ebonyi has now commissioned its agents to illegally purchase the Permanent Voter Cards of the Ebonyi electorate, particularly in the rural areas.
“Our very competent sources in many villages, particularly in Izzi, Ebonyi North and Ezza areas in the Central parts of the state alleged that the victims who are predominantly illiterate and uninformed voters are offered between N5,000 and N10,000 depending on the bargain to offer their PVCs to the APC agents.
“We wish to notify the general populace and indeed all Ebonyians that allowing themselves to fall prey to the APC’s fraudulent gimmicks would amount to allowing the APC to defraud and disenfranchise as many as possible, especially in the many areas they are most uncertain of victory.
“Secondly, we wish to inform the APC that if they do not retrace their steps, the law would take its course and they and their agents would have themselves to blame.
“Subject to Section 22 (a)(b) & (c) of the amended Electoral Act, the offences of buying and selling of voter cards by any person who is unlawful in possession of any voter card whether issued in the name of any voter or not; or sells or attempts to sell or offers to sell any voter card whether issued in the name of any voter or not; or buy or offers to buy any voter card whether on his own behalf or on behalf of any other person, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not more than five hundred thousand naira or imprisonment not more than two years or both.
“We foresee a future of imprisonment for many APC leaders and their agents if they do not immediately discontinue this illegality. Having lost popularity and credibility among the Ebonyi electorate who have never voted for the Party before and will never contemplate voting them especially now that the sufferings of Ebonyians and the rest of Nigerians have been further worsened by the poor performance in all indices, we understand the uncouth desperation of the ruling Party to remain in power even if illegal.”
Reacting, the All Progressives Congress described the allegation as baseless and unfounded, saying APGA and other opposition parties were gasping for survival in the state.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Ogbuatu Simba, stated this in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Wednesday.
He said, “It is very satanic and unethical for a political party like APGA that barely exists in Ebonyi State to come up with such a blackmail against the APC in Ebonyi State. Trying to get sympathy vote from Ebonyians through blackmailing is very devilish and must be ignored.
“APGA doesn’t exist in Ebonyi State. Being a registered political party in Nigeria doesn’t make the party habitable in Ebonyi. Last time, the so-called APGA party came in through the former SSG, Ebonyians complained of being duped in the name of him contesting for governorship.
“The likes of men in APGA are just seasonal businessmen and to them, another season is here to defraud Ebonyians.
“The truth is that the APC, under Governor David Nweze Umahi, has done tremendously well and the fact that the present government leads with honesty is a big threat to some mushroom politicians. Today, Ebonyians are grateful to God for the quality leadership in the state and for giving our state a true leader in the person of Engr. David Nweze Umahi.”
He added, “Ebonyi State is APC and APC is Ebonyi State. Our landslide victory is sacrosanct and will be from President to all the State and National Assembly seats.
“The achievements of the APC in Ebonyi State speak volume. Our achievements are very intimidating and glaring.
“So, forget APGA when it makes such false claims, because it’s only seeking attention. Why should we buy PVC? There is no reason for such.”
Lalong Appoints Ten New Permanent Secretaries
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has approved the appointment of 10 new Permanent Secretaries.
The governor made the announcement in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Monday in Jos.
According to the statement, the new officials are to fill the vacancies created following the retirement/resignations of some Permanent Secretaries in the service of the state government.
“The new Permanent Secretaries are expected to be sworn in on Tuesday 24th January 2023.
“The new Permanent Secretaries are: Keziah Dung (Barkin Ladi); Yusuf Ayuba Gimba ( Bassa); Gongden Micah Sunday (Mangu); Lamu Michael Dennis (Mangu).
“ Peter Wuyep (Kanke); Bapman Naankin Emmanuel (Mikang); Boniface Gwotbit Bankshuet (Mikang); Gotan Benjamin James (Pankshin); Salamatu Ritmwa Parlong (Pankshin); and Wuyep Zitta (Langtang South)”.
Enugu2023: My Government Will Explore The Opportunities Of Coal, Gas And Solar Energy To Meet Power Needs Of Enugu State – Frank Nweke Jr
Frank Nweke Jr, the Enugu State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on Sunday night, said that his government would explore the opportunities of resources like coal and natural gas (CNG) which the state has, as well as solar technology to meet the power needs of the citizens.
Nweke who spoke during a virtual town hall meeting with the Enugu Association, Canada, noted that Enugu has one of the highest electricity tariffs in Nigeria, an issue he would work closely with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) as Governor to understand and resolve.
“Electric power is critical for domestic use and economic progress. While working with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company to improve supply and reduce tariffs, we have some opportunities available to us as alternatives to power from the mains.
“The use of coal has been stalled due to agreements induced by Western powers on the basis of managing climate change. What we have now are illegal miners and private companies who have expanses of coal deposits concessioned to them.
“As a government, we will work to retrieve these concessions by making deals with the people concerned or by making a strong representation to the government at the centre who hold the rights to mineral resources on the exclusive list under section 39 of the constitution.”
He also noted that the developed economies that had opposed large scale mining for reasons of climate change had fallen back to the use of coal due to the effects of the Russian-Ukraine war. He declared that he had the political will to ensure that all resources and opportunities available to the State would be explored.
On the use of natural gas (CNG), Nweke referred to Lagos and Abia where communities are sequestered, and clean energy provided to them. He revealed his team have had conversations with licensed operators who are willing to do the necessary due diligence checks and explore that opportunity whenever his government is ready.
Nweke further stated that as Governor he will also explore the opportunity of solar technology. He noted that Enugu already had young companies assembling inverters and looking to extend their production to solar panels.
“We will work with these local companies and with some established international companies from Japan, Turkey and other parts of the world to establish a ‘Partnership in Technology Program” to set up plants for assembling solar panels and training our people to do the same in Enugu State.
“Our intention is to put in place a policy that will mandate developers of new estates to deploy structures for renewable energy, taking sections of the State off-grid by providing power from natural gas or solar technology.” He concluded.
Cross River Declares Work-Free Days For PVC Collection
The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has declared Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 January, 2023 as work-free days in the state to enable civil and public servants across the state to collect their Permanent Voters Cards.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Eric Anderson, said in a statement on Friday that the collection of PVCs was “in readiness for their full participation in the 2023 general election scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2023 for Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as Saturday, March 11, 2023 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.
“Government wishes to make it abundantly clear, especially for the benefit of members of the general public, to note that these work-free days are not Public Holidays and should NOT be seen as one.
“Civil and public servants in the state are hereby advised to take advantage of the work-free days to get their PVCs in readiness to make their votes count in these elections. Your PVC is the pathway to achieving credible elections.”