By Samuel Okon
The ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise, conducted by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been hijacked by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-led government in Nsit Ibom local government area of Akwa Ibom state, our paper can authoritatively report.
Our reporter who got wind of the plot by the Hon. Eric Effiong Akpan-led government in the area visited St. Louis Primary School, Mbiokporo No.1 in Asang Ward 1, one of the registration venues yesterday and witnessed how the center was invaded by alleged thugs, suspected to be in the pay role of the council.
The Electoral Officer (EO) in charge of Nsit Ibom, Mrs. NseAbasi Udom, was caught red-handed calling the council Chairman, Hon. Eric on the telephone, informing him that the Nsit Ibom Chapter Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Hon. Nkereuwem Okpok, and his party members did not allow her to remove and send the fifty (50) registration forms to him as earlier directed.
Our correspondent reported that few minutes after the call which she made around 1200 hours, a group of ‘boys’ led by the Councilor representing Asang Ward 1, Hon. Udeme Edet Effiong, invaded the registration center and chased away any known APC member in the area while the ‘compromising’ EO, Mrs. NseAbasi Udom, handed over the forms as demanded to one of the boys who was identified as ‘PA’ to the Chairman.
As at the time of filing this report, The Profile Newspaper www.theprofilenews.com was still investigating to unravel the veracity or otherwise of the allegation that the EO was reportedly paid the sum of N2.5M by the PDP-led government in the area to do their bidding. It was learned that their plan was to take the materials home and multi-thumbprint with the view to using same at the next election.
Meanwhile, members of opposition parties in Nsit Ibom are still complaining their inability to register for the forthcoming general election, blaming same on the PDP leadership in the area. It was also gathered that the exercise was hijacked last Wednesday and Thursday at Government Primary School, Mbiaso in Mbiaso Ward 5. Our reporter gathered that following the resistance by youths of the area, the EO did not turn up the following day, being Friday.
While calling on the security agencies in the state to beam their searchlight on the activities of the EO, NseAbasi and the Council Chairman, Eric, aggrieved but eligible voters who spoke to our correspondent opined that if nothing was done by relevant authorities, they would be disenfranchised come 2019.