By Florence Onuegbu, Lagos.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has urged residents of voting age to pick up their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), from the various Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices in their localities.
Sanwo-Olu made the appeal on Monday when he stopped by at INEC office in the Sura neighbourhood of Lagos Island to pick up his reprinted PVC.
He was accompanied by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, and some of his cabinet members.
The governor, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a few months ago redesignated his location and updated his details.
He had moved his polling unit from Ikoyi to Lagos Island, ahead of next year’s governorship election.
Sanwo-Olu reminded the people that it was only when they collected their PVCs that they would be able to exercise their franchise during the next year’s general elections.
“Today, INEC officially started the collection of PVCs and because I did a redesignation of my address of where I was and where I am now, I had to move my polling unit.
“I am here to demonstrate to all our citizens that I have complied. I have come to pick up my reprinted voter’s card and I want to enjoin everyone to use this opportunity to go out and pick their PVCs.
“I have collected mine and you can see that I am at the INEC office here, and it is peaceful. Within two minutes they sorted it out and I signed to collect my own. So, my advice is for all of us that still have our PVCs uncollected to please come out and do the rightful thing.
“It is only with this that you can participate in next year’s election. I wish all of us the very best and as we go into this exercise, I hope that it is something that is worth it very seriously as another civic responsibility of ours,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said the he was confident that the residents would do the right thing by re-electing him during the governorship el[ection, based on his administration’s performance during the first term.
“We will win because we believe Lagosians will do the right thing. And it is also because we believe that we have earned it; we have worked very hard and will continue to do that.
“We will continue to do our very best to ensure that we earn the trust and the commitment of our people,” he added.