The Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, says that over 133,000 permanent voters’ cards have yet to be claimed by prospective voters in Zamfara State, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Rikiji, who is also the Chairman of the state government’s Committee on Voters’ Mobilisation, said this on Monday in a statement in Gusau.
In the statement signed by Alhaji Lawal Liman, the Secretary of the committee and state All Progressives Congress Chairman, Rikiji described the situation as very unfortunate.
The speaker bemoaned the situation in which over 133,000 PVCs had yet to be claimed by prospective voters in spite of the fact that the 2019 general elections were fast approaching.
He said that the cards were still in the custody of the Independent National Electoral Commission. He urged eligible voters, who had not collected their PVCs, to visit the nearest INEC office and collect the cards.
“In spite of the importance of the cards, which are not only for election purposes, some people are apparently not willing to come forward and collect them.
“I want to call on our people to know that the possession of PVCs is our right; without the cards, we cannot claim many of our rights.
“Without the PVCs, we cannot vote for candidates of our choices during the elections,’’ he said.
Besides, Rikiji urged the people of the state to continue to cooperate with the government at all levels so as to enable the government to execute meaningful projects.
He also urged them to continue to pray for God’s intervention in efforts to address the security challenges facing the state.