Adetokunbo Pearse, a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, has threatened to sue INEC if the electoral authority fails to provide him a permanent voters card (PVC) and settle concerns with others experiencing similar difficulties.
Mr Pearse, the Convener of Reset Lagos and a candidate for the leadership of the PDP State Congress that was canceled on October 16, issued the threat on Sunday.
“If INEC does not give out PVCs to people that applied for it in the next three months, it should be held responsible for suppressing the votes,” Mr Pearse stated
“We will not go into the election under such circumstances. We are shouting now so that before we get to the middle of 2022, every eligible applicant for PVC must have their PVCs.
“The cards should be produced right away; otherwise we will take INEC to court.”
“It is almost a little too late for INEC to start production and distribution of PVCs in preparation for the 2023 general elections,’’ Mr Pearse stressed.
The Lagos politician alleged that INEC’s lethargy towards issuing PVC “is a ploy to keep people disenfranchised and an attempt to suppress the people’s democratic rights.”
“Why does the commission want to wait until a few months before the election before printing PVCs? The delay will bring the rush and stress from which we are trying to run,’’ Mr Pearse said.