TIV CULTURAL and Social
Association, , has called for
the arrest and prosecution of a
former Commissioner for Finance
in Taraba State, Alhaji Saidu Ajuji,
over the illegal possession of 15,000
Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs,
belonging to Internally Displaced
Persons, IDPs.
President-General of the
association, Chief Goodman Dahida,
at a press briefing in Jalingo,
accused the former commissioner of
illegally holding onto the PVCs and
frustrating attempts by the IDPs to
register for new ones.
“Last week, a Non-Governmental
Organisation, NGO, sought the
assistance of the Independent
National Electoral Commission,
INEC, and got a configured
computer for the registration of
IDPs in Sabon Gida, Gassol Local
Government.
“But barely few hours after the
exercise commenced, the member
representing Gassol/Bali Federal
Constituency, Alhaji Garba Chede,
called the INEC office in Jalingo
demanding for the stoppage of the
exercise.
“This was followed by threats
to the lives of the INEC and NGO
staff who were carrying out the
exercise by some youths in Sabon
Gida who stormed the registration
area, demanding that the exercise be
stopped and INEC had to suspend
it,” he said.
According to him, the move
was a desperate measure by Alhaji
Saidu to continue to hold onto the
cards because allowing the exercise
to go on will render the PVCs that
he collected when the people were
displaced between 2012 and 2014
useless.
“To confirm this suspicion, just
yesterday, Alhaji Ajuji returned
150 PVCs to the IDPs, through an
informant who pleaded anonymity.
“But the question still remains,
how come he is in position of these
PVCs since he is not an INEC
official and he is constitutionally
not supposed to have more than one
permanent voters card?” he queried.
The president-general called on
security agencies to arrest Ajuji and
Chede for inciting youths against
IDPs with the intention of causing
civil disturbance in Gassol Local
Government and its environs.

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