The Presidential candidate of Citizens Popular Party (CPP), Chief Sam Eke PhD has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must cancel the forth coming elections if it cannot provide every registered voter with Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC). He noted that the PVC is the second most threatening issue to the elections. He imaged how some people will cast their votes without the PVC. He said that it will be deliberate disenfranchisement of those people. “PVC is the second most threatening issue to the election. If some people have not got their PVC, how can they cast their votes?”, he asked.
Chief Eke who is also the National Chairman of CPP said that INEC should put off the elections until it is able to provide every registered voter with PVC. He also said that even if INEC is able to provide every registered voter with PVC and fails to get enough card readers for the election, he warned that election should not take place until everything is put in place.
When asked which of the major parties he will support, Chief Eke said he is not supporting either APC of PDP as he is equally a candidate running to win the election. “In the past Abuja Accord, I did say without fear or favour that I am not in support of any one of them, after all I am a candidate in this process. I am running to win. They are running with money and I am running with faith, and to me faith is superior to money”, he said.
Chief Eke observed that the major parties have not been able to caution their supporters, and that they have not been able to center their campaign on issues, but on personalities of their opponents. “Nigerians are not interested in where you are coming from, your religion, or your qualification. All we are interested in is, present your minimum qualification- which is the secondary school certificate. And if you are a Nigerian, you present yourself and if the people like you they will vote for you”, he said.
Chief Eke is of the opinion that the corporate existence of Nigeria is greater than any individual and he put it thus, “The corporate existence of Nigeria is higher and far greater and comparable to the ambitions of the sitting president and the past president”.
Dr. Eke advised Nigerians to be optimistic that the nation will come out stronger, no matter whoever wins the election.