Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Open Letter: Petition Against Unlawful Collection Of Permanent Voters' Cards In Osun State



Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM)
1a Fadeyi Street,
Ikeja, Lagos.
Email: cppmandate@gmail.com
Telephone: 07033853232, 08078012999
22/07/2014

The Chairman,
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
INEC Headquarters,
Abuja.

Dear Sir,
Petition Against The Illegal And Unconstitutional Collection Of Permanent Voters Card (Pvc) And Copying Of Voters Identification Number (Vin) From The Owners By Omoilu Foundation In Osun State, Yesterday 21/07/2014

With due regards sir, I have the authority and mandate of the governing board of the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) to intimate you with this civil society organization which is at the forefront of promoting constitutional governance and the deepening of democratic tenets in all aspects of our national life.

We wish to use this medium to draw your attention to news circulating in the media since yesterday 21/07/2014 about an organization called Omoilu foundation which has been distributing kerosene to residents of Ede in Osun state and which was reported to be taking possession of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) of voters and as well copying down the Voters Identification Number (VIN) in exchange for a 5 litres of kerosene.

In confirming this story, the founder of Omoilu Foundation, one Mr. Kashamu Buruji was reported in the news story as saying that" We ask them to come with their voters cards to know that they are registered". He also added that " ......and we ask them to bring their cards to know that they truly registered and got their cards".

On our part at CPPM, we regard this act by Omoilu foundation as not only unconstitutional but a flagrant violation of the Electoral Act by inducing voters to part with their PVC and VIN for 5 litres of kerosene. This act by Omoilu foundation is not only illegal but an insult to the collective psyche of the Nigerian people because it has the tendency to portray our national image in bad light before the rest of the world.

Therefore, the question, that we are seeking answers to now are that, is it legal or appropriate under the Electoral law for any organization to take possession of the electorates permanent voters card voters as well as voters identification number? Of what use is Omoilu foundation going to deploy these PVC and VIN its possession? By taking possession of the these PVC's and VIN's, is Omoilu Foundation not endangering national security if it has the data of citizens unconstitutionally in its possession?

We are hereby demanding that you use your good office to immediately investigate this matter and ensure justice and national pride to the Nigerian people through diligent prosecution

Thanks

Nelson Ekujumi,
Executive Chairman

Cc:
The National Security Adviser,
Office of the National Security Adviser,
Abuja.

The Inspector General of Police,
Nigeria Police Force,
Force Headquarters,
Louis Edet House,
Abuja.

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