Jonathan Orders INEC To Issue PVCs To Nigerians Before Feb 14

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, gave the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a marching order to issue all registered Nigerians their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before elections on February 14.
Jonathan gave the order when he swore-in the new Commissioner representing Oyo at INEC, Prof. Akinola Salau, at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, witnessed the event.
He expressed concerns over complaints by many Nigerians, including some state governors that they were yet to get their PVCs.
He said that if governors were yet to get their voter cards, it meant that so many Nigerians, were truly yet to get theirs.
He said; “luckily, the Chairman of INEC is here. All registered Nigerians must get voters cards before the commencement of the general elections.
“We cannot conduct an election where some people will not have the right to vote.
“People must decide who rules them at all levels. It is not just about presidential elections.
“In the State Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Presidential elections, all registered Nigerians must vote’’, he said.
The President, however, noted that complaints from Nigerians about voter cards underscored their growing confidence in the electoral process.
He stressed that this was not the case before the 2011 general elections where no Nigerian complained about voter cards.
According to him, the eagerness of Nigerians to obtain their cards and vote in February shows that they are confident their votes will count this time.
He said his administration deserved commendation for sanitising the electoral process to deepen the nation’s democracy.
“That’s why I just laugh when some politicians talk. Before 2011, how many Nigerians complained about not having voter cards?
“We knew what was happening then. But some people came on board and sanitised the electoral process but others want to take the glory.
“We have to commend ourselves that today, ordinary Nigerians, big businessmen, religious leaders are complaining, I want my voter card’’.
“Nobody talked about that before 2011. So, people should commend us and I’m pleased that people are talking about voter cards’’, he said.
Describing Salau as a man of impeccable character, Jonathan said he was joining the commission at a critical time that his service was most needed.
The President urged him to bring his credibility to bear in his new assignment.