Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, has said that it will collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by all eligible voters, following the postponement of the elections.
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity of the orgnaisation, said this at a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.
He also said that the organisation, would use the opportunity of the postponement to increase advocacy and sensitisation on the PVCs.
According to him, the organisation is not comfortable that 34 per cent of eligible voters had not been able to collect their cards.
“Our campaign organisation will be ready to collaborate with other stakeholders including the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation to support the process of PVCs collection,” he said.
He stressed that this was to ensure that no part of the country was seen to have been deliberately manipulated into a position of disadvantage through low percentage rate of PVCs distribution.
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The media reports that the organisation had earlier, endorsed the shift in the original dates of the elections, saying it is in the national`s interest that will deepen the country`s democracy.
INEC had on February 7, announced the shift of the elections dates to March 28, for the Presidential and House of Assembly election and April 11, for the governorship election.
Fani-Kayode said the organsiation, would use the opportunity of the shift in election dates, to intensify its campaign across the country.
He also said that the opportunity would be used to promote Goodluck Jonathan, the PDP presidential candidate to the electorate and Nigerians as the best candidate.
“We will remain focused in our campaigns and continue to campaign for Jonathan whose victory at the poll is key to everything we stand for.”
“The campaign will be all-encompassing and robust, and it will reach all levels in order to shore up the chances of our various candidates in the elections,” Fani-Kayode said.
He said that with the postponement of the elections, the country was heading for a general election that would be free, fair and more transparent than that of 2011.
He however, encouraged INEC to do all that was necessary, to ensure a credible election that would produce acceptable results.
Fani-Kayode also challenged INEC to ensure that it establishes a strategy and process that would result in the equitable and prompt distribution of the PVCs to all registered voters.
He also said that the commission must quickly set in motion, the production of its training manual, recruitment of ad-hoc staff and the training of presiding officers.
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Fani-Kayode, added that the credibility, acceptability and success of the forthcoming elections, were dependent on 100 per cent distribution of the PVCs to eligible registered voters to ensure that no one was disenfranchised.
He also added creditable election would depend on the deployment of adequate security forces, before, during and after the elections.
This, he said, was critical to ensuring that the electorates were able to go out to perform their civic responsibility on the election days.
He called on all stakeholders in the forthcoming elections to take advantage of the shift in dates, to get their acts together and prepare for the elections.
“This is all the more so because there will be no room for a further shift of poll date within the ambit of the relevant extant laws.”
“On the part of the PDP and its presidential campaign organisation, winning elections is our forte and, as always, we are ready,” he said.
He reiterated the party`s gratitude to its supporters and also encouraged them to remain calm and patient, stressing that it has nothing to fear because it sees: “victory on the horizon.”
“Our party is strong; our presidential candidate is confident; our cause is just; our God is mighty and our victory is assured. No matter what happens and no matter how long it takes, we shall prevail,” Fani-Kayode added.