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Anambra Elders Forum Boss Condemns CVRs Registration Hiccups in South East, Warn INEC Against Disenfranchisement



ByJulie Sylvia Onitsha

The National President of the Anambra State Elders Forum (ASEF), Hon. Justice Anthony I. Iguh, (rtd), has raised alarm over the diffculties encountered by eligible citizens in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVRs) exercise in parts of the south east geopolitical zone of the country.

He observed that the stress people go through in obtaining Permanent Voters Card (PVC) across the five states of the zone could be a grand design to deny them the opportunity of massive voting strength in the 2023 general election.

Iguh spoke days after report emerged that INEC personnel in Onitsha and other places were charging people huge sums of money for CYRs registration.

“Based on this PVC crisis and other issues being experienced that include, lack of personnel, materials, and bribery to procure the PVC, it is a grand design intended to pave way for the introduction of interim government”, he said.

Iguh who spoke through his Deputy, His Lordship, Justice Alpha Ikpeama, further hinted that on the process of trying to normalize the situation which bulk of the loss of the presidency would be felt by the Igbo nation, interim government would be introduced.

“This would be to distract the attention of the clinching of the presidency by the Igbo. So We advise that all Igbo sons and daughters should try and get their PVC first”

“What we saw in the registration of Voters was terrible, better imagined than experienced. Over 100 names were seen in the voters register on arrival in a particular registration centre prior to the commencement of the registration exercise.”

“Who were those names, where and when were they registered and given the PVCs. The way it is going they are planning for interim Government”

“No INEC officials, no materials, money exchanges hands, (large sums of money) just to procure the PVC in the zone, the offials are being tempted and they can’t resist it”

“They know it is turn of Igbo. In APC and PDP primary elections Igbo did not get second position. They know what they are doing”

He added also that the on going Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU strike should be stopped, adding that, “ASUU should be paid and their demands fulfilled in the interest of the students”.

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