Remi Tinubu Urges Buhari To Declare Public Holidays For Collection Of PVC

Senator Oluremi Tinubu who is representing Lagos Central Senatorial District has urged the Federal Government to declare public holidays for the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) ahead of the December 2018 deadline.

Oluremi, in a statement in Lagos, said that the PVCs were the tools to participating in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. She also urged residents in the state to ensure that they collect their PVCs.

The call sequel to revelations by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that over seven million PVCs were yet to be collected nationwide, with one million and four hundred thousand from Lagos State.

It would be recalled that prior to the 2015 elections, INEC had introduced the use of smart card readers. This has necessitated issuance of PVCs as part of the identification and authentication process.

After the 2015 elections, about 12 million PVCs had remained in the electoral body’s custody.

”With previous elections, Nigerians developed voter apathy due to a distrust of the system.

”The 2015 elections taught us, however, that as individuals, our votes count. Thus, we must rise up as citizens to fulfill our civic responsibility and ensure accountability in governance,” she said.

Towards the 2019 elections, INEC had released modalities for ongoing continuous voter registration. The centres open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Tinubu pleaded that the period should be extended; and should include weekends to allow people who were unable to visit the centres during work hours to do so at weekends.

She said INEC should ensure that it had adequate resources to make the process quick and easy.

She also called for increased voter education and sensitisation to achieve the desire results.

Davido Gives Assurance To Governor Dankwambo of Gombe State

Award winning Musician Davido has officially been nicknamed Mr Assurance after he dropped a single titled ‘Assurance’ for his girlfriend Chioma while buying her very expensive car.

His assurance has landed him a task from Governor Dankwambo of Gombe State who reached out to him on Twitter asking for his corporation in mobilising youths to get their PVCs ahead of the forth coming 2019 elections.

Dankwambo wrote, ‘Hello @iam_Davido. My name is Ibrahim Dankwambo, Governor of Gombe state. I’m a huge fan of your amazing work and talent. I’d be glad if you can use your massive influence to work together with me in convincing our young people to go get their #PVC.  Do I have your assurance?’.

In his response, Davido said, ‘Anything to serve my Country and my People Sir’.

450,000 PVCs Yet to be Collected in Edo State

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said it had registered 125,481 more eligible voters at the end of the third quarter of the 2017 and first quarter of 2018 Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in Edo.

Mr Obo Effanga, the outgoing Edo Resident Electoral Commissioner, made this disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Sunday.

Effanga explained that the commission registered 40,785 eligible voters in the first and second quarters of 2017, 30,655 and 9,853 voters in the third quarter.

He said the commission also registered 44, 188 eligible voters in the first quarter of 2018, which ended in March.

Effanga further disclosed that Ikpoba-Okha Local government Area had the highest performance with 23,611 new registered voters.

He said Egor had 18, 246, Oredo had 17,605, while Etsako West council area Local had 14,065 among others.

The commissioner also told NAN that about 450,000 Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs were yet to be collected in Edo.

He called on eligible voters to take advantage of the ongoing voters’ registration to collect their PVCs.

“The ongoing registration has given every eligible voter, who has registered and yet to collect their cards the opportunity to go and collect them at the nearest designated registration centres.

“The second quarter of the 2018 CVR is ongoing, it started this month of April and will last for about three months,” he said.

He said that the commission approved 10 additional registration centres in the state to be added to the existing ones for easy accessibility.

NAN reports that Effanga has been transferred by INEC and a new REC is expected to resume duty on April 23 in the state.

INEC Takes PVC’s Campaign To Rural Communities In Jigawa

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) in Jigawa has taken its campaign on acquisition of Permanent Voters’ Card ( PVC ) to rural communities.

Alhaji Bilal Sabo, the INEC Officer in Gwaram Local Government Area of the state disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting on Wednesday.

He stressed the need for rural dwellers in the state to acquire the PVC to enable them exercise their civic right.

He urged Traditional Rulers in the area to enlighten their subjects on the need to acquire their PVCs ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Sabo was quoted by the council’s Information Officer, Malam Nasiru Yusif, as saying the commission had so far registered 7,650 voters in the area in ongoing nationwide Continues Voters Registration ( CVR ).

“The Gwaram LG INEC office has so far registered 7,650 electorates,’’ he said.


218,000 PVCs Still Not Collected In Ekiti – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) in Ekiti on Wednesday said that 218,000 Permanent Voter Cards ( PVCs ) were yet to be collected in the state.

The commission said this just as it formally issued a “Notice of Election”, which stated that the governorship election would hold in the state on July 14.

It said that this was in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Law.

The INEC’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin, disclosed this at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti.

He, however, said that not less than 500,000 PVCs had far been collected by their owners.

Gbadegesin advised those who were yet to pick their PVCs to do so, saying that they would be disenfranchised during the forthcoming election without the PVCs.

He said that the 500,000 PVCs already collected by would-be voters did not put an end to those that would be qualified to vote in July.

He said that the PVCs for those that registered between April 2017 and date  were yet to be delivered to the state from its national headquarters in Abuja.

The INEC image-maker said that the cards would be distributed to their owners as soon as they were delivered to the Ekiti State office of INEC.

Gbadegesin said that university students and youth corps members, who had completed their stay in the state and had since left, might be those who had not collected their PVCs.

Alternatively, he said that the commission was also suspecting persons who might have done double registration.

They might be afraid that they could be arrested if they showed-up at the state office of INEC for collection, he said.

Gbadegesin said that the commission would still sensitise would-be voters ahead of the election.

The PRO also called on the various political parties to sensitize their followers and party members on the need for them to collect their PVCs.


Pastor Declares Voter’s Card The Ticket To Holy Communion

Philip Igbinijesu, convener and senior pastor of World Assembly, with headquarters in Lagos, has threatened that members will not be given Holy Communion if they do not have their voter’s card.

Igbinijesu was quoted by a member of the Church as describing any member who fails to go for his PVC as enemy of Nigeria, adding that the situation of things in the country demands practical approach from believers besides prayers, hence the need to end misrule in Nigeria through the power of the voter’s card.

He reportedly emphasised this position during the Easter service where he declared that Nigerians must be well armed with their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) so as to vote in credible leaders in 2019.



Osun 2018: NAOSS President Charges Members On PVC

By Ismail Kolapo.

The National President of the National Association of Osun State Students (NAOSS),  Ademola Ojelabi has charged members of the association and Osun citizens to  obtain their Permanent Voter Cards PVC as is the only instrument to exercise their civic responsibility.

The NAOSS President gave the admonition on Sunday during the monthly meeting of the association at the NUJ press center in  Osogbo.

Ademola said, “Let me use this channel to inform you that registration of PVC is still on to register and to those wishing to do card transfer to visit any INEC office for the update.

“The  only way to choose a leader or to reject is through power of voters card during the electioneering process.” He said

The NAOSS President urged members of the association to inform their relatives who were yet to register to optimize the opportunity given.

In another development, the Osun State Coodinator of NAOSS, Hon. Olayemi Sanusi pleaded with Osun Residents on double registration, which may lead to disfranchisement.

He enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to continue with the publicity to cover every nooks and crannies of the state.

Don’t Sell Your PVCs, APC Counsels Voters

As elections draw closer and aspirants court voters through diverse means, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State has counselled voters not to sell their permanent voters cards for money or promised employment.

Mr Eze Nwachukwu, the State Chairman of APC in Ebonyi, voiced this counsel on Saturday in Isiaka while inaugurating an 8-man Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) mobilisation committee for Ivo local government area of the State.

He said “We hear that some people are going round, allegedly collecting Permanent Voters Cards from unsuspecting owners, in exchange for employment in the state civil service, or to give them government sponsored empowerment.

“Please do not exchange, sell or give out your PVC for any reason because that is the only power and right available to you as a citizen, to freely participate in choosing your leaders.

“Selling and buying of voter cards is a crime; if you give up your PVC; you have surrendered the power, right and privileges conferred on you by the constitution to exercise your franchise…

“We want make sure that no one is left unregistered, hence the mandate of this committee is to move round the wards, communities and villages in the council and mobilise people to register for their PVC.

“You are to report to the state secretariat on daily basis, the number of registered voters per polling booth, as well as number of voters registered at the ward level.

“You should report to us any action that will undermine effective registration of prospective voters in any part of the Council, for prompt action.

“We are very passionate about the success of the exercise because our victory in 2019 elections is tied to number of registered voters who are our members” Nwachukwu said.