The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Kwara state, Mallam Garba Attahiru-Madami, was at the Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria Central Mosque , Ilorin on Friday, the 1st of February as part of the campaign to promote the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). The REC, who also worshiped at the mosque, asked Muslim faithful that had not collected their PVC to do so in order to enable them exercise their civic duties during the forthcoming elections.
He told the congregation that there still remained 298, 852 PVCs yet to be collected from the 1, 406, 457 registered PVCs in the state. The REC said a total of 1, 101, 605 PVCs had so far been collected, adding that his target was to ensure that not less than 255, 000 PVCs are collected on or before the Feb. 8 deadline. According to him, his visit to the mosque was to mobilize the people to collect their PVCs and to carry the message home for those that had not done so.
Reports have it that the Resident Electoral Commissioner would visit two churches in Ilorin on Sunday to mobilise Christians for the elections. The REC also appealed to all Muslims in the state to pray for peace before, during and after the general elections. “I call on all Muslims to pray to Allah for peace to reign in the state during the coming elections; peace is very important for the elections,” he said.
Attahiru-Madami assured the people of the state that INEC was prepared and ready to conduct the best elections in the state, adding that security agents had been trained to provide adequate security. He promised to give every political party equal opportunity during the elections. Attahiru-Madami pledged that votes would count, adding that the commission had made many changes in INEC offices in the state.
“I have made some changes in INEC in Kwara which did not go down well with some people, but I am unperturbed. I am ready to step on people’s toes to achieve a credible and the most acceptable election in the state,” he added.
Earlier in his sermon, Ansar U Deen Missioner in Kwara, Imam Shafi Abdulsalam, told the people to shun violence during the elections. According to him, God abhors killing, adding that anybody linked to murder would answer to his deeds.
“We cannot all belong to one political party, don’t fight your neighbour because he does not belong to your party, vote for your candidate and go,” the cleric said.