INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami on Friday visited the Ansar-Ud-Deen society of Nigeria Central Mosque in Ilorin as part of his mobilisation of the people to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
The REC, who also worshipped at the Mosque, told Muslim faithful that has not collected their PVC to do so to enable them exercise their civic duties during the coming elections, ROYAL NEWS reports.
He told the congregation that there still remained 298, 852 PVCs yet to be collected from the 1, 406, 457 registered PVCs in the state.
The REC said a total of 1, 101, 605 PVCs have so far been collected, adding that his target was to ensure that not less than 255, 000 PVCs were collected on or before the February 8, 2019 deadline.
According to him, his visit to the mosque was to mobilise the people to collect their PVC and to carry the message home for those that have not collect their PVC to do so before February 8.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner would visit two churches in Ilorin on Sunday to mobilise the Christians for the elections.
The REC therefore appealed to all Muslims in the state to pray for peace before, during and after the coming general elections.
“I call on all Muslims to please pray to Allah for peace to reign in the state during the coming elections; peace is very important for the elections,” he added.
Attahiru-Madami assured the people of the state that INEC was prepared and ready to conduct the best election in the state, adding that security agents have been trained to provide adequate security.
He promised to give every political parties equal opportunity during the elections.
Attahiru-Madami assured the people of the state their vote would count, hence the need to collect their PVCs to able to vote during the elections.
He said that in effort to ensure credible, free, fair and acceptable elections in the state, he has made many changes across INEC offices in the state.
“I have made some changes in INEC in Kwara which did not go down well with some people, but I am unperturbed.
“I am ready to step on people’s toes to achieve a credible and the most acceptable election in the state,” he added.
Earlier in his sermon, Ansar U Deen Missioner in Kwara, Imam Shafi Abdulsalam told the people to shun any form of violence during the coming elections.
According to him, Allah abhorred killing, adding that anybody that has hand in killing any human being will answer to his deeds.
“We cannot all belong to one political parties, don’t fight your neighbour because he did not belong to your party, vote for your candidate and go,” the Imam said.
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