PVCs: Obi insists over 3 million Nigerian students must be allowed to vote..

Written by on February 1, 2023

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi has insisted that the over three million Nigerian students who are eligible to vote in the forthcoming presidential election must be encouraged to take part in the exercise.

He spoke against the backdrop of concerns being raised about the possibility of students missing out of the exercise because of the inability to obtain their Permanent Voters Cards.  Mr. Obi also expressed worries over the inability of some Nigerians in a few states, particularly in Lagos state to collect their Permanent Voters Card, PVCs.

The Presidential candidate said this while playing host to a delegation of Election observers from the European Union

EU-EOM, late on Monday.

Obi had while answering a question on the fate of about 3.5 million students that may not exercise their voting right if at least one week holiday is not given to enable them return to their area of registration, said ” I am sure INEC will do the right thing. I am sure the universities will give them the break to go and vote.

On the challenges being witnessed on some areas by voters in collecting their PVCs, Obi said, “For me now, what is important is ensuring that people collect their PVCs.

“There are some areas where people are still complaining that they are being denied their PVCs for one reason or the other. INEC must give them attention.

Also, the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure who equally spoke about the challenges said, “It is the young ones that bear the brunt of maladministration, so this election is about them.

Earlier, the EU-EOM Chief Observer, Barry Andrews had told the party leaders that their visit was a routine one embarked for the purpose of interacting with leading presidential candidates and other stakeholders in the February 25 presidential election.

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