As Nigerians troop out for the 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections today, February 25, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has warned people against going to the polling units without a Permanent Voters Card PVC.
The Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Victor Aluko, issued the warning during an interview with Channels TV. He said the commission had not reviewed its position, describing as fake news, reports that people could approach the polling units without their voter cards.
“INEC has not reviewed that slogan. No PVC, no voting. It still subsists. And we have been drumming into the ears of Nigerians, that they should please ignore these social media posts that are circulating everywhere. Today, when our chairman was responding, he just said it’s fake news. And of course, there are a lot of fake news around today.
At election periods like these, we should let Nigerians have the facts, the basic facts, so that it would help their participation. If you do not have the PVC, you cannot even come to our polling units. The election officials will not allow you to join the queue. And if you want to forcefully come into the place, the Presiding Officer will inform the security agencies to deal with the person.
So, it is good that we deal with the facts, it is good that we follow what INEC has said, rather than what some fake INEC officials are saying. No PVC, no voting. PVC is at the centre of our operations.” he said