Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun and a national commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission in South-West, Prof. Layi Olorode, yesterday, engaged in hot argument over the poor handling of the distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs).
Amosun and Olorode publicly disagreed over whether the exercise should be extended or not.
Amosun, who had gone round some polling units in Sagamu local government area of the state and received reports from many other local governments across the state, later visited the INEC office in Abeokuta and urged the officials to extend the exercise by two days.
A visibly disappointed governor described the second day of the exercise as a mess, blaming INEC for ‘wasting’ the time of his people who he said went to the polling booths, but frustrated by officials.
The second day of the exercise recorded hitches as many people who saw their names could not obtain their cards while some did not even see their names on the INEC list.
Amosun held a closed door meeting with Olorode who was on official visit to the state and the Ogun Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun, which ended in deadlock.
They later came out and addressed newsmen where they disagreed on the need for extension.
According to Amosun, “ This exercise has not started. It will start tomorrow, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Anything short of that is not acceptable to us in Ogun. This is a mess as you can see yourself that people are complaining. It is everywhere.”
“In 98 units in Sagamu, no single person has collected the card. In Imeko, no single card. Ijebu-Ode, Ifo, Ado-Odo/Ota, Yewa South and many others the situation is the same’’