With about a week to the deadline for the collection of the Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), the Oyo State governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Seyi Makinde has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the level of success recorded in the distribution of the PVCs, especially in Oyo State.
The governorship hopeful equally appealed to the residents of the state yet to collect their cards to use the opportunity of the few days remaining to do so in order to be able to cast their votes, adding, “the power to effect the necessary change desired lies in casting your votes and this can only be done through the PVC”.
Makinde spoke during his campaign tour of Ibadan South-West Local Government area of the state, asking the INEC to ensure it does everything possible within the remaining days to get the available PVCS to the owners by engaging in aggressive campaign.
It would be recalled that the electoral agency had as at last Thursday distributed about 70% of the available PVCs and having over 700,000 PVCs yet to be collected following which Makinde said the uncollected PVCS were still too large in number to ignore.
In the tour of the local government, which took the governorship candidate and his team through Beere, Oja’ba, Foko, back to Born-Photo to Idi-Arere, Bode, Molete, Idi-Odo, Challenge, MKO Abiola Way, Aleshinloye Market and back to Apata, Makinde told the people of the state his readiness to serve them with all his might.
He told the residents, who trooped out in large number to receive him at every point and turned the peaceful rally into carnival that his coming into politics was not about his person, family or friends, but use his God-given talent to take the masses out of poverty.
The need for the state to make a meaningful change, Makinde reasoned could not be further delayed, hence, ”my charge to you my people is to take this opportunity at hand to vote in all the SDP candidates in the elections so that the revolution we want to bring into governance in the state can come into reality.
“Please, do not sell your PVCs for whatever reason and for whatever amount because the loss to be incurred by so doing will be too monumental to contemplate. We owe this generation a duty to give it hope and this is the core of our message”, he stated further.
The Ibadan South-West State Constituency 1 candidate for the party, Olu Bello, who spoke with journalists in Apata during the campaign described the visit of Makinde to the area as home-coming, because of his personal and past philanthropic gestures through which he had touched various lives.
“I want to assure you that our party (SDP) will not have any problem winning the elections hands down in this local government council and you can see things for yourselves, the crowd you are seeing is not rented, it consists of dedicated, loyal and committed party supporters and enthusiasts”, the aspiring lawmaker said.