The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Monday (September 3rd) ordered the closure of all major markets in Ife and its environs.

The closure of markets was to encourage traders and other residents to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

The traditional ruler said in Ile-Ife that it was important that traders, artisans as well as other residents set aside time to collect their PVCs.

According to the monarch, citizens need to obtain their PVC as part of their civic responsibilities.

He urged the residents to collect the PVCs and participate actively in the forthcoming governorship election by freely voting for candidates of their choice.

The Babaloja of New Market in Ile-Ife, Chief Abayomi Omoworare, commended the Ooni for the directive.

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Omoworare said Ogunwusi had demonstrated exemplary leadership in promoting the campaign on the collection of PVCs.

“Since nobody can vote without Permanent Voter Cards, it is our duty as good citizens to cast our vote in all elections for candidates of our choice.

“My people should, therefore, make use of Monday as declared by the first class monarch to go and collect their PVCs because of the forthcoming gubernatorial election coming up in Osun on Sept. 22,’’ he said.

When our correspondent visited the Mayfair Market on Ondo Road, shops were under lock and key.

The secretary of the market, Biodun Adetunji urged traders to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the closure to get their PVC, adding that without it, they would not be able to exercise their civic duty.

Over 500,000 Permanent Voters’ Cards are yet to be collected by registered voters in the state.

A total of 1,152,751 PVCs have so far been collected by voters out of the 1,668,524 received in the state, leaving a balance of 515,773 as at August 17.

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