The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it calls the harassment and intimidation of Lagosians by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in Lagos State, which it says prevents its members from carrying out their civic duties.
The PDP party was reacting to the disruption of prospective voters registering for their permanent voter’s card (PVC) at Lagos’s Alaba International Market.
The ruling APC, however, disputed the accusation that it supported the thugs who disrupted the exercise, calling it a “blatant lie.”
In a statement released by Hakeem Amode, the party’s publicity secretary, the party warned that it will fight any additional attempts to deter Lagosians from registering for their PVCs.
The Lagos PDP also applauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the #youthvotecountng campaign and the Mega Musical Concert designed to increase youths’ enthusiasm for enrolling for their PVCs.
The party urged the commission to take aggressive measures to prevent the occurrence of an increasing number of errors in the process.
The Lagos PDP hailed youths across the state for their “extraordinary resolve in obtaining their PVCs and the Alaba International Market shopkeepers who closed the market a few days ago to allow them to participate in the ongoing voters registration operation.”
The Lagos PDP demanded that the commission “address the discontent and lacklustre performance of certain of its officials,” stating that some of the traders had been attacked by politically motivated thugs who mistook them for PDP supporters.
Karamo Yesiru, the acting press secretary of the APC, refuted the claim that the party financed the thugs who disrupted the exercise, in an interview with Daily Trust on Sunday, stating that the ruling party cannot be a part of such violence.