The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has called on Nigerians to use their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and vote for credible leaders in the 2023 general elections.
Ortom stated this on Sunday at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Makurdi, while delivering his Christmas goodwill message.
Additionally, he supported the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), the technology used in 2023 for voter accreditation and identification.
According to him, the nation’s suffering, misery, economic troubles, and security issues are a result of people who were elected to govern it at all levels failing to uphold their responsibilities.
“The 2023 elections is the only opportunity we have. So those who are yet to collect their PVCs, please, I beg you in the name of God to do so because that is the only way you can exercise your franchise and restore hope and dignity to our country by electing leaders that have been tested and trusted who you can rely on and work with,” Ortom said.
Ortom said, “One vote can make a difference. So if you want a change that will bring dignity and restoration to our country and promote economic development and add value to the development of humanity and restore security, that vote will count.”
Encouraging the people to participate in the 2023 elections, he said, “This time, there is no snatching of ballot boxes because it will not be there for anybody to snatch. BVAS (Bimodal Voter Accreditation System) will make a difference. And so your physical presence and participation is very important.”
Recent reports claim that politicians opposed to the BVAS are attempting to use the legal system to prevent the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from using the BVAS and INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) in the elections scheduled for next year. However, the electoral body has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment and determination to use the system for the general elections scheduled for 2023.
Meanwhile, there have been recent attacks on INEC offices where several PVC we’re burnt, but the commission have also stressed on reprinting burnt PVC to enable voters exercise their franchise in the coming race.