“INEC will not count our prayers and give us leaders, if we really want to enjoy Nigeria for another couple of four years, we have to go and collect our PVCs.” 

Gombe State Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has tasked Nigerians to pray for peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections in the country and as well go and collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

The State Chairman of CAN, Ibrahim Joda, said this at the interactive session organised for religious leaders by INEC in Gombe.

The CAN chairman, who was represented by the secretary general of the association in the State Reverend Bulama Samuel said, the session was apt and timely.

“As religious leaders we need to go and tell our people to go and collect their PVC and to also educate them on the need to shun violence, he said.

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Gombe State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the INEC, Umar Ibrahim said the Interactive Session with the religious leaders on the 2019 general elections was to share with the religious body the efforts of the commission towards free, fair and peaceful elections.

He revealed that INEC wants the religious as well as traditional leaders to raise their voices against election malpractice such as vote buying and ballot snatching. 

He said: “The issue of vote buying has become worrisome to the commission as the elections approaches.

"The menace of vote buying is seeking the destruction of our democracy”.

On the issue of preparation for the elections in the State, the REC said the distribution of non-sensitive materials had since commenced

“Generating sets have been dispatched to Local Government Areas (LGA) and the smart card readers have been tested and certified to be in good condition.”

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