Governorship Poll: Why Deltans must resist the temptation to sell their PVCs
By GbaramatuVoice Editorial Board
A recent investigation by GbaramatuVoice reveals that some unscrupulous politicians and their political parties in Delta state are working round the clock to financially induce electorates into selling their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) ahead of the Saturday, March 11, Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
The investigations also revealed that this heinous and illicit transaction is most pronounced in their opponent’s ’territories’ or strongholds and these unwholesome agents have been spotted in various parts of the state and pay N5,000 for a PVC.
While this regrettable development thrives, there exist some silent but salient points GbaramatuVoice will like Deltans to commit to mind in order not fall prey to the antics of these hawks masquerading as politicians.
First is the fact that politicians in the state have practiced vote buying syndrome for close to 24 years, and that explains why the people of the state have serially suffered leadership failures in the hands of selfish, unprepared, visionless, ill-equipped and sectarian personalities that led the state at different points in time.
Thus, If you can suffer because of inducement with instant gratification and other pecuniary measures in the past, can you then imagine what will happen to you when your PVC is completely taken away? Remember, you cannot be doing one thing repeatedly and expect different results.
Undoubtedly, Delta as a state made appreciable progress at the recently held Presidential and National Assembly elections. They voted their conscience and their candidates. Therefore, GbaramatuVoice is of the view that all they need to do is to build on the gains of the progress so far made.
To succumb at this critical moment of existence to the pressure and temptation of vote buying or PVC sales can only amount to political retrogression in the state’s journey to freedom.
It is on this note that the Newspaper again calls on all eligible voters in the state to file out come Saturday, March 11 to replicate similar action demonstrated during the recently held Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Deltans must as a matter of urgent importance recognize the fact that instant gratification syndrome is an evil wind that blows no one any good and therefore should be avoided.
While the newspaper calls on the INEC and security agencies to thoroughly investigate this worrying development, GbaramatuVoice also urges public office seekers to respect the sanctity of elections and the will of the people. To serve the state is not by force and therefore, the process that throws up leadership of the state must not be monetized for any reason whatsoever.
Very key, Deltans must in this forthcoming electoral exercise go beyond political party affiliations. They must study the minifestoes, programmes, character and antecedents of the contenders in order to make informed decisions.
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