By Christopher Oji

The Anioma Association of Professionals (AAP) is working with municipal unions in Delta’s North Senate District to mobilize already registered voters to pick up their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the January 31 deadline.

The AAP is an apolitical group of Anioma professionals from various professions committed to the economic, educational, and cultural growth of the area. Membership is drawn from the nine local government areas that make up the North Delta Senate District.

Statements by Mr. Emmanuel Emecheta, for AAP

Board of Trustees, explained that this “followed the resolution adopted during their recent meeting where the group applauded the measures taken by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make the upcoming general elections credible.

Speaking on a current affairs program on Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) television; Faculty, Mr. Peter Nkenchor, President General of the AAP, praised INEC for reducing the impact of the human element in the conduct of elections through the adoption of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and other tools based on in technology.

“The main factor that has kept voter turnout low is Nigerians’ perception that the system is corrupt and that their votes will not count. But that perception has changed with the introduction of technology in the process by INEC. Many people signed up to get their PVC due to the innovations introduced by INEC and we congratulate INEC on this.

“We have started a process to ensure that our people get the most out of the ongoing exercise for the collection of PVC under INEC. One of the processes is our collaboration with the leaders of the unions of the towns of the Anioma nation. Our desire is for the Anioma people to be armed with their PVCs so they can exercise the power to determine who will rule them.

“Our advocacy is also fueled by the fact that after Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa completes his term as Delta State Governor on May 29, 2023, our people are prepared to ensure that Anioma gets its fair share under whoever turns out to be governor using the power of his voting force. We want Anioma to be treated as a critical stakeholder in the Delta project and the best way to ensure that is to increase the voting strength of our people,” said Nkenchor.

He called on people to be patient with INEC officials when they go to collect PVC, urging them to ignore all innuendos associated with the exercise.