There appears to be a crack within the file and rank of Edo All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is less that two weeks to the conduct of the primary in the state, ahead of the September 10 governorship election.
From all indications major crisis appears to be brewing in the party as four of the party aspirants have accused some notable leaders of the party in the state of going around buying the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) of delegates of the party.
This is even as the party in the state, has raised the alarm over the development and advised its delegates not to allow themselves to be bought against their conscience with money.
The four aspirants who expressed displeasure over the alleged mop up of delegates’ voters’ cards report are the Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu; Chris Ogiemwonyi; Charles Airhiavbere and Kenneth Imansuagbon.
Ogienmwonyi who addressed the media on Monday, called for the arrest of a federal lawmaker from the Edo North senatorial district of the state over the allegation. Imansuangbon has also been on air in television stations in the state, raising the alarm over the same practice.
The APC on his own in a press statement issued and signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Comrade Godwin Erhahon, said complaints reaching the party from wards and local government areas of the state revealed that some notable party leaders were going around collecting PVCs of delegates.
While condemning the practice, the party said the purpose, according to reliable source, was to distribute the cards to loyalists of a particular aspirant to impersonate delegates during the primary election.
It alleged that the PVCs collectors also intended to withhold the PVCs till after the September 10 general election to sabotage whoever emerged as APC governorship candidate at the poll in case their aspirant loses out during the primaries.
“The leaders are said to be buying each PVC between N10,000 and N20,00 without explanation on what they intend to do with them.
“Some Local Government Area party chairmen are said to be threatening those who refused to submit their PVC that their names will be deleted from the list of delegates.
“Delegates who have submitted their PVCs to such leaders are hereby advised to retrieve them immediately as such upfront collection of voters’ cards or party membership cards is not part of requirement for the primary.
“Edo APC hereby calls on the national leadership of the party to be pro-active and ensure that desperados do not succeed in their plot against the party,” the statement said.