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Bishop Nwokolo, others task Anglicans on PVC in Synod



THE Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo,  Chris Ukachukwu and others have urged the Anglican faithful to endeavor to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to enable them to participate in the 2023 general elections.

  They gave the advice during the first  Session of the 32nd Synod, Diocese on the Niger which held at All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.

  Speaking through the Diocesan Political Committee Rapporteur,  Venerable Chigozie Anieto, the prelate urged all Christians to secure their PVCs and be ready to vote for candidates who will bring desired change in the country.

  “The PVC is not ordinary identity card but a powerful tool through which desired change can be effected. Members of the church and secondary school students up to 18years, go for registration and collection of their PVC.

  “Our members must troop out en mass on the election day to vote because this time, votes will be electronically transmitted online. Your votes now count. This will deliver us from political oblivion”, he said.

  Bishop Nwokolo tasked the Anglican faithful with leadership qualities to offer themselves and participate in vying for political positions in the country.

  Nwokolo further tasked the political committee to engage INEC to use some of the church premises for PVC registration and collection, promising to assist INEC in ensuring security of officials.

  Moreover, the former President, Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ONICCIMA), Ukachukwu called on government to provide more machines and logistics to aid speedy PVC registration and collection.

  “The beauty of democracy is voting your choice candidates and people must arm themselves with their PVC and participate in the election because this time the votes count.

  “INEC is not equipped to handle the number of people going for PVC registration that is the reason for the bottlenecks experienced at their offices. Government should provide more machines and logistics”, said Ukachukwu.

  Ukachukwu, who was the Chairman, Synod Planning Committee thanked God, the bishops, clergymen, laity and delegates for the success of the synod which was held after about 15 years at the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.

  A legal luminary and member, Diocesan Legal Council, Humphrey Udechukwu advised Ndigbo to be patient to do whatever it takes to collect their PVCs and participate in the election.

  “Igbos registering, collecting our PVCs and participating in general elections will promote the political culture of Igbos. This will avoid other geo-political zones seeing us as minority in this country,” said Udechukwu.

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