Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress's (APC) national leader, has apologized for making a false statement about the alleged expiration of permanent voter cards.
In a statement, Tinubu's media aide Tunde Rahman said, "Asiwaju immediately apologised for the incorrect statement and felt sorry for any confusion it may have caused."
Tinubu appreciates the efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which issues the PVCs, according to Rahman.
Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State, stated the PVCs in residents' possession have expired while speaking to some female leaders who paid him a visit in Abuja.
“In case they do not announce to you on time, the PVC you have has expired,” Tinubu said in a trending video. “Take one family member, two family members, knock on all doors and make sure that the new registration… Because they may not announce to you on time. The PVCs you have expired. Yes!”
Nigerians who already have PVCs, however, do not need to register again because the cards have not expired and are still valid for future elections, according to INEC." All previously registered voters' PVCs are still valid."
This type of remark will undoubtedly encourage eligible voters to register more than time, resulting in the problem of double and multiple registrations, according to INEC Chairman Bolade Eyinla's Chief Technical Adviser.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.