Oyo REC calls on Muslim Clerics to educate congregation on the importance of PVCs
Dr. Mutiu Agboke, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Oyo State, has charged the Muslim clerics to sensitise members of their congregation on the importance of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Agboke made the charge at a stakeholders’ conference organised by an Association of Muslim Professionals and Technocrats, known as the Political Awareness Group.
The program that was attended by the management team of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Oja’oba Central Mosque Ibadan, had in attendance Muslim Clerics as well as other well-to-do Nigerians who are mostly of the Islamic faith.
Agboke, in his remark at the event, sensitized the congregation, stressing that the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) was more important than any other thing.
According to him, its importance has embodied and given eligible Nigerians more courage to say they are voters.
“PVC embodied respective electorate to say that their vote would count if voted during the election,” Agboke said.
He urged the Muslim faithful to register before the close of the exercise, adding, “the commission has yet to announce officially the closure of the registration.
“June 30 is still the closing date, but from the reactions and responses of Nigerians, the commission may extend the closure date.
“But, let us continue to take the opportunity of the ongoing registration to register,” Oyo REC said.
He also implored Muslim brothers and sisters to make use of the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) to sensitise the general public on the need for those that have registered, but have yet to collect their PVCs to do so.
Agboke decried the nonchalant attitude of some Nigerians toward PVCs collection in the state.
He said that over 700, 000 uncollected PVCs were still in the custody of the commission in the state.
Agboke, therefore, urged the congregation to assist INEC in sensitising people whose PVCs were in the custody of the commission to come forward for collection.
He assured the people that INEC was determined to conduct a credible electoral process.
Mutiu assured the people that only those who scored the majority of people’s votes would be declared the winner of any election in the state.
Reacting to the allegation that some Muslim women in Hijabs were denied the registration for PVCs, Agboke said the allegation was not true.
He said: “There is no policy of INEC that disallowed or derecognised anybody from registering because of the use of hijabs.
“Our machines requires that your two ears must open, that is the way the machine has been configured, but a Muslim in hijab, who decided not to remove it or open your ears, cannot be disallowed.”
Agboke said that none of the INEC staff members would disallow women on Hijabs from registration.
“Because all that is required is either their facials is taken or their biometric is taken; so, one of these can be of alternative to the other,” he said.