President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to
get their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) and vote
whoever they want in next year’s elections.
Buhari, who himself is seeking re-election, stated this
when he hosted judges at the Presidential Villa in Abuja
on Tuesday night.
He attributed his victory in the 2015 elections to
technology and urged governors to continue with
“I find it necessary to invite you because I don’t
normally see you. I have to repeat what I said having
heard what you said.
“I mentioned that when I was in the military and much
younger, we believed things were going wrong and so
when I came, I took from the president downwards, to
Kirikiri against your advice and told them that they are
guilty until they prove themselves innocent.
“But we proceeded to have various tribunals to
investigate and I can still remember extremely good
and fantastic Nigerians, they are few in the society that
is why we don’t see the impact of fantastic people we
“I decided to put agbada and come back, I tried three
times and then fourth time I eventually made it. Thanks
to God and thanks to technology because this
permanent voters’ card and card readers are fantastic.
Those who went to their polling booths in their
constituency and voted, their votes counted.
“Before, votes were disregarded and results written and
there was nothing you can do before the justices to
proof your case. But now with technology it has been
made easy. That is why I keep appealing to the
governors to embark on voters education, to please tell
the people that their voters card is their national card so
“Let them vote for anybody they want across ethnicity
and religion… I think that is why I am calling on and I
am begging the governors to please continue with
voters education so that people will take their
permanent voters card seriously and make sure that
they don’t loose it.
“I am bothering you with this because you are in a
position of influence and you come from a constituency
that is recognized and what you say will mean a lot to
the people at your constituency,” Buhari said.