By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Tiv Cultural and Social Association (TCSA) on Thursday called for
the arrest and prosecution of Alhaji Saidu Ajuji, a former
Commissioner for Finance in Taraba over illegal possession of over
15,000 permanent voters cards PVCs belonging to the 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 Organization (NGO) sought the
assistance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and
got a computer system configured for registration of the IDPs in Sabon
Gida in Gassol local government.
“But barely few hours after the exercise commenced, the member
representing Gassol/Bali federal constituency in the National
Assembly, Alhaji Garba 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 on the exercise by some youths in Sabon Gida who
stormed the registration area, demanding that the exercise be stopped
and INEC have to suspend it,” he said.
According to him, the move was a desperate measure by Alhaji Saidu to
continue to hold on to the cards because allowing the exercise to go
on will render the PVCs 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
suppose to have more than one Permanent Voters Card which he is
entitled to as a voter,” he queried.
The TCSA President General called on security agencies to arrest Mr.
Ajuji and Hon. Garba Garba Chede for inciting the youth against the
IDPs with the intention of causing civil disturbance in Gassol local
government and its environs.
Dahida who said the vulnerable IDPs and a good number of his people in
Takum, Wukari, Ibi, Donga, Bali and Gashaka have not been registered
in the ongoing continuous voters registration exercise called on INEC
to decentralize the exercise to enable more people get registered.