by James Azania
The Edo State Government on Saturday raised the alarm over the alleged purchase of voters’ cards by those it described as “desperate politicians,” ahead of the July 14 governorship election in the state.
The government, in an announcement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Mr. Peter Okhiria, advised residents to ignore persons who were out to scuttle the one man, one vote democratic principle.
Okhiria said buying of voters’ cards was both a criminal and an electoral offence.
“The government, as part of measures to promote the democratic principle of one man, one vote, will insist on evidence of voter registration as a yardstick for admission into public schools.
“While we note that it is both a criminal and an electoral offence to buy or sell the voters’ cards, we are also concerned that the voters’ cards so procured may be used for criminal purposes, thus putting the original owners of these cards in trouble.
“We therefore warn these desperate politicians to shun their criminal intentions and also advise registered voters not to sell their voters’ cards to anyone under any guise.”
Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Maj-Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (retd.) has promised to reduce school fees in the state-owned Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, to N18,000 if elected into office.
Airhiavbere said this at Uromi, Esan North-East Local Government Area, during PDP’s governorship election sensitisation meeting in the area.
According to Airhiavbere, his administration cannot afford to shut the doors of the university against the children of the poor, adding that as soon as school fees at AAU are brought down, a state of emergency will be declared in the education, health and security sectors.
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