The campaign for the collection of the stockpile of permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) by their owners from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continues to gain traction, as the socio-cultural group Zabarkano Association of Nigeria says it will deny any prospective member, who fails to collect the PVC registration.
The group has also made the possession of a National Identification Number (NIN) part of its membership registration processes.
The National Leader of the association, Alhaji Munkaila Hassan-Tela, outlined these requirements in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said: “This is part of the plausible measures by the association to ensure the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections as appealed by the Federal Government.
”This invaluable move cannot come at a better time than now when the 2023 general elections are just around the corner.
”To this effect, we are mobilising no fewer than 20 million of our members across Nigeria to ensure that they duly collet their PVCs and NINS.
”This is also to ensure that while none of our members is disenfranchising, we also contribute meaningfully contribute to the efficient growth of democracy in the country.”
Hassan-Tela also said that the association was working round-the-clock to ensure the prevalence of sustainable peace, unity and national cohesion.
In a related development, the National Legal Adviser of the association, Mr. Aliyu Ishaq-Lolo, said that it was aimed at fostering national unity and harmony, as well as the prosperity of the members.
He said: ”The association was formed in 1986 basically to create more awareness among its members and non-members alike about the need for peaceful co-existence, tolerance, industry and productivity on one hand. And the need to promote unity, progress and development of their members and the environments in which they find themselves.
”It is also to preserve the rich Zarma/Zabarmawa socio-cultural, educational, religious and linguistic values from extinction. This is with the ultimate mission and vision of making their motherland, Nigeria one of the greatest nation states in human history.”
Ishaq-Lolo, who is also the Legal Adviser to the Office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said that the association was also building bridges of unity and giving all the members a sense of belonging.
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