Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo and Ondo states have been charged to massively participate in the continuous voters registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the states.
Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi gave this charge Friday in a statement signed by the committee member in charge of publicity, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.
The statement reads in part: “On behalf of the entire leadership of the PDP at all levels has called on its members, teeming supporters and other electorates in Edo and Ondo States to participate massively in the ongoing voter’s registration and collection of Permanent Voters Cards in the states”.
Prince Adeyeye, told electorates in Edo and Ondo States, where governorship elections will be held on September 10 and November 26, 2016 respectively, to as matter of urgency, obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) for those that have registered and urged those that did not register in the last exercise to do so immediately.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced the commencement of Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) and collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) from June 22 to June 27, 2016 in both States to allow citizens of the states that registered but could not acquire their PVC to do so and to provide opportunity for intending voters.
“We wish to call on our members, teeming supporters and other voters in Edo and Ondo States to use this window provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) and collection of PVC to massively participate and get their voters cards ready to vote for our flag-bearer in Edo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and for our candidate in Ondo when the primary is conducted”, the party further said.
It however advised security agencies in Edo and Ondo States to provide necessary security in the States during the period and urged INEC to remain an unbiased umpire so as to do justice to all people irrespective of their political leaning.
The party also urged all its members, supporters and other voters in Edo and Ondo states to protect their PVC and must not allow any politician to intimidate them.
“The Party urges all voters to vote confidently for its candidates that will bring about positive change asserting that democracy “is one man, one vote, one woman, one vote and one youth, one vote”, it said.