Archbishop and Dean Emeritus of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Maxwell Anikwenwa, has urged all eligible voters to collect their permanent voter cards so they can exercise their right to vote in the upcoming general election.

The cleric made the call on Saturday during the dedication of the Church of Our Saviour, Awka, Anambra State.

The Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Niger, Monsignor Alexander Ibezim, dedicated the Church.

Anikwenwa said that the duty of every Nigerian remains to cast their ballot during the elections, regardless of their religious affiliations.

He warned people who refused to vote not to complain if the result was not favorable to them.

He said: “All Nigerians, regardless of their religious beliefs, must register and collect their PVC to fulfill their civic responsibility.

“It is an important duty of every Nigerian citizen to vote during the elections. Anyone who does not contribute to this very important responsibility should not complain.

“Whether the result favors you or not, you have done your part. You don’t need to worry. But if you don’t vote, you don’t need to complain; It’s as simple as that.”

Earlier, in his sermon titled “Never Give Up,” excerpted from Matthew 15:21, Archbishop Ibezim urged the congregation not to let life’s challenges stop them from worshiping and serving God.

Ibezim also praised parishioners for their contributions to the growth and expansion of the Church, urging them not to compromise, especially regarding the proposed vicarage.

“Worshipping God brings miracles. Don’t let the challenges of his life keep you from worshiping Jesus; and do not complain every time you are asked to do something in the Church because it is a privilege to work for God, ”he added.

For his part, the Chairman of the Dedication Committee, Chief Chukwuemeka Orjiakor, thanked God for being a part of the epoch-making event, and urged the congregation to come together to ensure the vicarage was completed on record.

One of the dignitaries on the occasion, Samuel Nwofor and candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance for Awka South 1, Anambra State House of Assembly, also expressed his delight at the improved voter turnout at the PVC collection centres.

He urged those who have not yet collected theirs not to stay home and complain to those in power, insisting that their votes will definitely only count if they vote.