Minna – Governor  Babangida Aliyu of Niger has urged the electorate to draw government attention to any demand for inducement in the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
Aliyu made call in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Israel Ebije, and made available to newsmen in Minna.
According to the statement, it is the civic responsibility of eligible voters to ensure they collect their PVCs before Feb. 14.
The statement also quoted Aliyu as saying that PVC is a right and the only tool to elect competent leaders that will contribute to the development of the country.
It added that the state government was prepared to ensure smooth collection of PVCs, adding that it would enable eligible voters who didn’t vote in 2011 to participate actively.
“Zone B has over 900,000 voters but only 200,000 of them came out to vote in the last election,” it said.
It called on the people to comport themselves, eschew religious sentiments and accept election results in good faith.
The statement also disclosed that the governor made a donation of N5 million from the state government and N2 million personal donation to the Tijanniyya Islamic Sect as part of effort to propagate their faith.
Shiekh Nafiyu Kafuta, Leader of the sect in the state, it said, commended the state government for it prompt assistance to the group at all time.
Kafuta pledged that the money would be used to foster peace and collective development in the state through preaching religious tolerance.