*As Aggrieved Activists Sue INEC, Demands Postponement Of Polls
Four activists have filed a legal action before a Federal High court in Abuja asking it to stop the February 2014 general election.
Asogo Torkuma Venatius, Ola Solomon Oluwasanmi, Sunday Attah and Philip Agbese (in their suit: FHC/ABJ/CS/DW/2015) are seeking the nod of the court to postpone the election until all eligible voters have collected their permanent voter cards (PVCs).
In the suit filed through their lawyer, Mr. Amobi Nzelu, they are also asking the court to order the use of temporary voter cards for those who are unable to collect their PVCs.
In the suit, they asked the court to order the postponement of the general election pending the provision of the PVC to them since INEC was had a statutory obligation to provide same to the plaintiffs.
In the statement of claims, the plaintiffs said that contrary to the announcement by the electoral umpire in 2014 that it will issue all eligible voters with PVCs for the February 2015 elections, about half of eligible voters were yet to collect their PVCs. They further argued that few days to the elections, INEC was yet to produce and distribute voter cards to them and other eligible voters.
They said, “Till date, over 40 percent of eligible voters who were registered by the 1st defendant (INEC) for the upcoming general elections are yet to receive their PVCs.
“There have been several protests all over the country against the decision of the 1st defendant to go on with the conduct of the general elections without distributing the PVCs to millions of registered voters all over the country.”
They told the court in the suit that if the election was allowed to go on, millions of eligible voters stood the risk of being disenfranchised.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.