– Warns against voter apathy
– INEC extends voter registration
In view of complaints by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to the effect that large number of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) remain unclaimed in its offices in the South East, a clarion call has gone to eligible registered voters in the area who have not collected their PVC to go and collect them without further delay.
The Owerri provincial Director of Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Jiwuba, made the call while addressing a seminar on Democracy and Good Governance, in continuation of JDPC Voter Education Campaign held at Immaculate heart Church Alike Obowo for Obowo Deanery in Okigwe Diocese, Saturday July 28, 2018.
Fr. Jiwuba further enjoined those who have not registered to do so and collect their PVC promptly. He reiterated the ills of self-disenfranchisement, and implored parish priests, traditional rulers, leaders of thought and other categories of the clergy and religious leaders to encourage those under their charge to do the needful.
The JDPC Director reiterated the position of the commission which he said is voting for candidates based on their integrity, credibility and track-record, and not for political party, and advised political parties to put forward men and women acceptable to the people as their flag-bearers.
Fr. Jiwuba who blamed the suffering of our people on ignorance of their rights, urged participants to ask questions when treated unjustly and insist on getting convincing answers. He enjoined Catholics to identify unjust structure in society for dismantling and urged Nigerians to guard their PVC’s jealously.
A JDPC facilitator, Lady Dr. Cecilia Ukanyirioha taught participants “The JDPC Volunteer,” duties, qualities, challenges etc.
In his intervention, the Dean of Obowo Deanery and Rector of Immaculate Heart Church Obowo, Rev. Fr. Dr. John Iwe, appreciated Fr. Anthony Jiwuba for his diligence, dedication and dynamism on the assignment and described the cleric as a man of of enhanced ability. He thanked Dr. (Lady) Ukanyirio for her expert teaching skills and appreciated the participants for their enthusiastic response.
The JDPC Director thanked their host for his extraordinary zeal in the work of God. A participant, Mr. Livinus Onyedika gave a vote of thanks on behalf of others. No fewer than six parishes in the Obowo Deanary attended the seminar.
When visited, the Electoral Officer for Isiala Mbano LGA, Mr. Okoroigwe Oliver, expressed satisfaction with the response of the people to the voter registration exercise, and called on those who have registered to come and collect their PVC, including those registered previously many of which he explained are still packed in their office.
Meanwhile, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has extended the voter registration exercise by two weeks. The exercise which ought to have ended on August 17 will now end on August 31, 2018.