The Ebonyi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, on Friday engaged themselves in a war of words following an alleged plot by the agents of the state government to mop-up permanent voter cards, PVCs, of job seekers in the state.
The PDP had, in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Nwoba Chika Nwoba, accused the ruling APC in the state of plans to harvest thousands of PVCs from applicants.
He said: “The attention of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Ebonyi State chapter has been drawn to the plan by the APC-led Ebonyi State Government to racket voter cards (PVCs) of citizens who applied for recruitment into the state’s civil service exercise scheduled to hold on Saturday, December, 11th 2021, at different locations in the state.
“We have observed that the government plans to harvest thousands of PVCs from these applicants and others during the Christmas season as requirements for accessing different packages from the government. This is not only barbaric and in contravention of laid down procedures for the civil service recruitment process, but a criminal ploy to amass PVCs which will be used to rig the 2023 general elections in Ebonyi State.”
The leadership of PDP further petitioned security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for their intervention, adding that: “It’s in the light of this that we alert security agencies, the INEC and general public to this nefarious scheme by agents of the government and urge prospective applicants for the Saturday civil service recruitment exercise to be cautious of the plan to rip them off their future and franchise power.”
In a swift reaction, the APC, Ebonyi State chapter, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Ogbuatu Chidi Simbad, said the PDP goofed by attempting to scuttle the opportunity of over 5,000 Ebonyians to get recruited into the Ebonyi State Civil/ Public Service.
“The calculated attempt by the Ebonyi PDP to scuttle the opportunity of over 5,000 Ebonyians to get recruited into the Ebonyi State Civil/ Public Service is highly condemnable. We have decided to expose the party’s machinations against the good people of Ebonyi State,” the party said.
“With this evil device of Ebonyi PDP, Ebonyians can now see that their greatest enemy is the PDP because the party’s foundation is laid on fraud and wickedness. Hence, the party sees the good intentions of Governor Umahi and the Ebonyi State Government from that same fraudulent prism. What a shame!”