Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has called on Nigerians not to sell their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and make use of it during the forthcoming general elections.
The governor made the call at the 26th edition of Auchi Day celebration of Allah Most High, in Auchi, the administrative headquarters of Etsako West local government area of Edo State.
Governor Obaseki, represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, said Nigeria has no basis for the present economic hardship, security challenges and the people living in abject poverty, saying it is time for the people to use their PVCs wisely.
According to him, “2023 elections is very crucial so I appeal to Nigerians, particularly the good people of Edo State to make good use of their PVCs starting from February 25th to elect God-fearing people in positions of authority.
“This election is very crucial because it will enable the people into the executives and the legislative positions.
“If you are a registered voter and you have not collected your PVC, go and collect your card from the nearest Independent National Electoral Commission office.
“And If you have it already, don’t sell it to selfish politicians who would want to mortgage our future.
“Edo North district, being the second highest voting population in the state, I urge you people to use your PVCs wisely and vote credible leaders,” Obaseki said.
The governor commended the Otaru of Auchi, HRM Alhaji Momoh Ikelebe 111, for ushering peace, unity and development to the Auchi kingdom.
He enjoined the people of the community to continue to foster peace and unity in the community and called on sons and daughters of the kingdom to join the Otaru to develop the area.
Earlier, the Otaru of Auchi, HRM Momoh Ikelebe, called on Nigerian to spend the little they have in the course of Allah as they will receive the reward abundantly.
The royal father who said there is strength in unity advised the former state governor Adams Oshiomhole and the current deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, to mend their fences for the benefit of humanity.
He said the Auchi Day celebration was set aside for the Almighty Allah, as he has been very generous to the Auchi kingdom.
In his welcome speech, the chairman of the occasion, Mustafa Lecky, commended the Otaru for setting a day aside for the celebration of Almighty Allah in the Auchi kingdom. Lecky said Auchi community has become the fastest growing community and home for all Nigerians.