By Emeka Nwokocha
Courageous Niger Delta human rights activist, Comrade Kelvin Ejumudo has again taken a frontal position in ensuring the ongoing collection of permanent Voter Card, PVC at INEC designated centres across Delta state is continued without any hitch.
Comrade Ejumudo, while carrying out on-the-spot investigation on the conduct of the PVC collection exercise by INEC officials at a designated PVC collection centre, located on Ovie Palace Road, Effurun, Uvwie LGA, Delta state, said, “Today, Wednesday, 25 January, 2023, acting on the recent video, where it was alleged that payment of unspecified amount of money at the PVC collection centre at Ovie Palace Road is the prerequisite for issuing PVC to Nigerians, I visited the PVC collection centre to have firsthand information about the conduct of the exercise. Interestingly, I met an orderly crowd of patriotic Nigerians (registered voters) in queues patiently waiting to collect their PVCs.
Continuing, Comrade Ejumudo stated that the crowd of registered voters reported that they were not asked or coerced by anybody to pay money before their PVCs would be issued to them, adding that the exercise was going on smoothly.
Comrade Ejumudo, who made an inspiring publication of his unscheduled visit to the PVC collection centre on various social media platforms, including the Delta State Civil Society Community platform, called on Nigerians to show more commitment to the ongoing exercise, and ensure they collect their PVCs before the expiry date.
He further stated that INEC had unquestionably improved on their services to Nigerians with regard to making the collection of PVCs continue with manageable challenges, saying that the ward to ward PVC collection strategy introduced by INEC to ease collection of PVCs is an ingenuous initiative rarely implemented in the past years.
Recall that INEC had previously said it would end the PVC collection on 22 January, 2023, having started the process on 12 December, 2022. But a new deadline for the PVC collection, according to INEC is now 29 January, 2023.