No fewer than three individuals working with the Independent National Electoral Commission have been arrested by operatives of the Osun State Police Command, on Saturday.
The suspects which included a corps member, an INEC supervisor, and one other, were arrested over manipulation of the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voter Cards in Osu, Osun State.
According to The PUNCH, the police also recovered 38 PVCs from the suspects.
A statement by the spokesperson for the command, Yemisi Opalola, obtained in Osogbo, noted that its officers have also launched a manhunt for two members of the Peoples Democratic Party, Wale Ojo and Ijamakinwa Olaoluwa, for inducing the corps member to give a PVC belonging to a particular voter to another person.
The statement read in part, “On 30th June, 2022 at about 1040hrs, the complainant reported at Osu Division that, on 29th June, 2022, at about 1000hrs, he went to Independent National Electoral Commission office located at the Atakumosa West Local Government Area, Osu, Osun State, to collect his permanent Voter Card but could not find it.
“He consequently demanded for the register and discovered that, one Orji Desmond Nkenna, a corps member attached to INEC office as an ad hoc staff in charge of Voter Cards’ distribution has collected his PVC on the order of one Wale Ojo and Ijamakinwa Olaoluwa, now at large, both members of the Peoples Democratic Party for financial transaction.
“On receipt of the complaint, police detectives immediately swang into action and arrested the principal suspect along with the INEC supervisor to the alleged corps member, Mrs Makanjuola Bilahu, ‘f’, aged 58 years, and one Mr. Oluwatobi Ogini, ‘m’, aged 32 years, to investigate the level of their involvement.”
But when contacted for reaction, the Osun PDP Caretaker Chairman, Dr. Akindele Adekunle, said no member of the PDP would get involved in any illegal act, adding that “It could be part of a grand plan of the APC to indict our members.
“But I want to assure you that our party members are law-abiding and not capable of engaging in actions that will bring the party to disrepute.”