Dr Uchechukwu Ogah, the Gubernatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Abia state, has called on eligible Abia citizens and residents of the state to visit various centers designated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collect their permanent voters cards (PVC) to enable them exercise the civil rights and responsibilities come February and march this year.
Ogah who also was a former Minister of the federal republic of Nigeria, made the call on Sunday, on the backdrops of the recent declaration of Monday and Tuesday as public holidays by the Government of Abia State.
Recall that Abia State Government had in a release by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barrister Chris Ezem on Saturday, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had approved Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th January 2023 as public holidays in the State to enable Abians and residents to collect their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC), ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
According to a release partly stated, consequently, all public offices and markets are to be closed as all are enjoined to use this opportunity to visit the INEC offices or collection centres where they registered to collect their PVCs ahead of the 29th January 2023 deadline by INEC for closure of PVC collection.
“The Executives of the various markets in the State are directed to ensure strict compliance on the closure of their various markets or be prepared to face appropriate sanctions.
“Banks and those on essential duties are not affected by this directive.”
Earlier, while speaking on Sunday, Dr Ogah tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure adequate logistics are provided so as to fasten all processes in achieving smooth collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) by eligible people and residents of the state.
The frontline APC gubernatorial candidate who equally doubled as Doyen of Abia Rejoice, further reminded the electorates on the urgent need and desire for the enthronement of responsive governance at all level in the state, admonished them to vote for him for governor, the APC presidential candidate, Ashiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and all other candidates of the party jostling national and state assembly elections in the upcoming elections.
According to Ogah, “APC is bringing a better oriented governance for Abia people to have a new leaf that can bring succour to many Abians that are downtrodden.
“Many has lost hope but God has restore their hope through the court by the candidate of APC in Abia State.”
Meanwhile, Following the pressure mounted by a cross-section of Nigerians and groups, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), extended the deadline for registered voters to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) until Sunday, January 29, 2023.
Recall that INEC had earlier fixed the deadline for the collection for Sunday, January 22, 2023.
The commission also vowed to punish any staff found to have extorted or discriminated against any registered voter in the issuance of the PVCs.
The National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee at the commission, Mr. Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja.