- Â Asks INEC to be neutral
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Senator Ahmed Makarfi -led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hasÂ asked Nigerians of voting age to end the suffering and suffocating hardship in the country by registering to vote out the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would commence Continuous Voters Registration exercise nationwide as from today.
But in a statement issued wednesday by its spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, the PDPÂ urged INEC to remain neutral, unbiased and allowÂ all potential voters in the 774 local government areas in the country to register irrespective of their political leaning, gender, tribe or religion .
The party said the commission should ensure the distribution of Permanent Voterâ€™s Cards (PVCs) evenly to all zones of the federation.
â€œWe urge all citizens who did not register in the last exercise especially, those that have turned 18 years to come out en masse and
register to vote and be voted for in the 2019 general election. Your registration is your power to vote, so take responsibility now.
â€œWe want to inform Nigerians that this is an opportunity for those who are suffering and undergoing the suffocating hardship, poverty, hunger, comatose economy, insecurity, crass ineptitude, gagging of the press and opposition leaders and members, and more atrocities; to getÂ registered in order to vote out this none-performing APC-led administration at all levels,â€ it said.
On the partyâ€™s expectations from the voterâ€™s registration exercise scheduled to begin today, the opposition party enjoined INEC to remain neutral, independent and unbiased and allow qualified voters to participate.
â€œWe insist that INEC must avoid a repeat of the 2014 episode where majority of Nigerians were disenfranchised. The commission should allow the distribution ofÂ PVCs evenly to all zones of the federation.
â€œFinally, we are calling on all our members, teeming supporters, leaders and stakeholders at all levels to mobilise people in their locality to participate in this all-important exercise. The revolution for genuine â€˜changeâ€™ begins now. Register, collect and protect your PVC for 2019,â€ it said.