Oyo REC takes voter outreach to the church
Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Dr. Mutiu Agboke led voter awareness on the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) at a church in Ibadan on Sunday.
Mr. Agboke had led the leadership team of INEC in Oyo 14 Province of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Elelu in Alakia region of Ibadan.
According to him, this step is part of efforts to ensure that all voters, who have not yet collected their permanent voter card (PVC), do so before the 2023 general election.
Addressing the congregation, Mr. Agboke said that the development of the nation’s electoral processes should be a collective responsibility of every citizen.
“Voting in an election to elect the nation’s political leaders is the civic responsibility of eligible Nigerians and the only thing that enables the electorate to vote in elections is PVC.
“Thus, I have directed those who have registered for the PVCs, but have not yet collected them, to go to the INEC offices in their respective local government areas to collect the cards,” he said. he declared.
The REC announced that as many as 700,000 PVCs remained in the commission’s custody in the state.
He said the numbers were enough to give a candidate a win in an election.
Mr. Agboke, acknowledging the effective roles played by religious bodies in the success of the 2019 general elections in the state, urged religious leaders to convince their respective congregations to collect their PVCs.
He also urged those who have issues regarding transfer of PVCs from one location to another and degraded PVCs to use the remaining period of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to complete their registration.
Mr Agboke reminded the congregation that the fourth quarter of the TRC was due to end on June 30.
The REC assured all residents of the state that their votes would be counted in the next general election, promising that no candidate would emerge victorious in an election without securing a majority of the people’s vote.
He urged Nigerians to continue to trust INEC’s ability to deliver transparent, credible and acceptable elections.
Commenting, the presiding pastor of the church, Dayo Akinrinde, thanked INEC for the outreach, noting that electoral processes in Nigeria should not be left in the hands of politicians alone.
Mr. Akinrinde promised to support all activities of the commission aimed at ensuring the smooth running of the 2023 general elections.
The administrative secretary of INEC in Oyo, Abiodun Amosun; Head of ICT and Voter Registration Unit Wunmi Balogun and Head of Voter Education and Publicity Rosemary Alaba-Adeniyi were part of the team that visited the church .