Bishop Bulus Dauwa Yohanna
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish names of centres, where voters, especially those who registered online could collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of next year’s election.
The CAN Chairman, Niger State, Rev. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, who made the plea in his Democracy Day message to citizens, also wants Christians who are eligible to vote in the 2023 general election to ensure active participation ahead of the next political dispensation.
He however warned Christians not to sit on the fence and blame bad leaders.
“We must all participate actively in the electoral process and avoid statements like, our VOTES DO NOT COUNT. If votes don’t count, politicians won’t bribe or pay people to vote for them”.
Yohanna, who is the Catholic Bishop of Kontagora Diocese, said that the only way to avoid future blames of having the wrong people in the corridors of power was to actively participate in politics by not only registering with political parties but also vote during the elections.
Tagged, “Clarion call on all Christians in Niger State”, made available to journalists in Minna yesterday, the CAN chairman reminded adherents of the faith in particular on the need to be part of preparations ahead of next year’s election to avoid being left out
“The 2023 general elections are around the corner and we are the determinants of who governs us in the next dispensation”, Yohanna said, adding that it is part of their civic responsibility and right to decide who leads Nigerians in the next dispensation.
“The INEC has told us that it recorded about 22.13 percent increase in Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in 2019. 2023 is around the corner, the final lap towards carrying out your civic responsibility as citizen and as an electorate starts from getting your PVC so that you can vote on the elections day.
“As Christians, we must participate actively in politics, either as members of political parties or as electorates. To avoid regrets in the future, adults of voting age in Niger state must ensure they get their PVCs”.