By Jude Atupulazi
An industrialist, Chief Francis Nwabachili, has called on stakeholders in Anambra State, including the church, traditional rulers, town unions, market leaders and associations to pull out all the stops to ensure that their members get their voter cards ahead of the 2019 general elections, even as he urges them to sanction those who fail to do so.
Speaking with Fides in his office in Nimo, Njikoka LGA, the MD/CEO of Safanaco Technical Industries Company, expressed worry that if drastic measures were not taken to ensure that people acquired their PVCs, many would be unable to vote.
He also called on members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualization of a Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, to equally acquire their cards as even the referendum they wanted needed them to vote with their cards.
‘We should stop deceiving ourselves. This is the only way to get a better person to leader the nation,’ he said, advising those who might have had issues with their cards in the last election to go for new ones.
He expressed the belief that if town unions, churches and market unions required the provision of voter cards from their members before any business, as banks did with identity cards, people would be forced to get their PVCs.
‘Anyone without a voter card is not a good citizen as long as they are 18 years and above. The PVC is like our security because it is what we will use to change our country. A good leader will guarantee security and protect us from herdsmen,’ Nwabachili insisted.
This is even as he advised the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, to resist the holding of elections on Saturdays, as, according to him, it prevented Sabbatharians, who he said, constituted 30% of Christians, from participating.
‘Elections should be held on week days, either Monday or Tuesday, to ensure that no religious faith is left out
He called on Christians to present a good candidate, even if from the North, to break the status quo.