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BREAKING: INEC extends PVC collection deadline

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) until Sunday 29th January 2023. Recall that INEC had earlier fixed the collection deadline as Sunday, 22nd January, 2023. But following a meeting on Thursday, INEC said it has pushed the deadline by eight days.

The INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye, said in a statement, “The Commission is determined to ensure that registered voters have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the forthcoming election. For this reason, the timeframe for the collection of PVCs is extended by eight days.”

“Instead of ending on Sunday 22nd January 2023, the collection of PVCs will continue until Sunday 29th January 2023. At the moment, the period of collection is 9.00 am – 3.00 pm daily (including Saturdays and Sundays).”

Okoye explained that the development signals “a consequential adjustment of the collection by location as follows:

Collection at the Registration Area (Ward) level is extended by one a week from Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd January 2023.
Collection at the Local Government level will resume on Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th January 2023.

According to him, with reports of INEC officials extorting Nigerians at PVC collection centres, the Commission is launching an investigation into the allegations. “Those found culpable will face disciplinary action and/or prosecution,” Okoye added.

“Similarly, the Commission is disturbed by allegations of discriminatory issuance of PVCs in some locations. This is against the law. All bonafide registrants are entitled to their PVCs and to use them to vote on Election Day in any part of the country where they are registered. “Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) have been directed to ensure that no such practices occur nationwide and take immediate disciplinary action against violators.”


Source: Vanguard



2023: Why I won’t campaign for Obi — Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has explained why he won’t join the campaign train of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi. Obasanjo, in his New Year message to Nigerians, entitled: “My appeal to all Nigerians particularly young Nigerians,” pledged his support for Obi.

The former President, who spoke on Thursday, at a virtual engagement organised by Africa Leadership Group with theme: “Leadership and nation-building,” stated that he had no regrets about leading Nigeria. He outlined that character, attributes, attitude, skills, and most importantly, fear of God are needed for leadership.

He said: “Nigeria is where we are because of leadership. “We must decisively look for men and women who have the character, attributes, skill and attitude that we need for leadership, that will deliver in this country.”

Speaking on why he won’t join Obi’s campaign train, Obasanjo noted that he has done his best by writing his endorsement plainly.

Obasanjo said: “I am not in campaign train. I’ve used benefit of my experience and I’ve put plainly. “I do not belong to any political party. I will not join any campaign train. I’ve said what is best for the country”.


Source: The Nation