Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of Awka Catholic Diocese has charged eligible electorate who are yet to obtain their Permanent Voter's Cards (PVC), to avail themselves of the registration of voters' exercise currently going on in the 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra State, and obtain their PVCs.
The bishop, who stated this in his homily at a concelebrated Holy Mass for the inauguration of Achina Ecclesiastical Region at St Charles' Borromeo Catholic Church, Achina, Aguata LGA, Anambra State, on February 24,2018, described PVC as the power of the electorate to elect good leaders.
He condemned the actions of eligible electorate who neither went to polling centres on election days nor cast their votes for good leaders of their choice, saying that such individuals made it possible for bad leaders to assume various positions of authority.
The Catholic prelate advised persons of 18 years and above to, ahead of the 2019 general elections, ensure they get hold of their PVCs, and on Election Day, come out en masse to vote according to their consciences and vote in good leaders for the well-being of all and the betterment of our country.
This was even as he charged political leaders and others in various positions of authority to be responsive to their duties. He maintained that providing the security of life and property of the masses, and provision of necessary amenities, were the paramount responsibilities of government officials to the people.
Meanwhile, Bishop Ezeokafor has said that the Catholic Diocese of Awka accepted in good faith, the decision of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to accept the resignation of Bishop Peter Okpaleke as the Bishop of Ahiara.
The bishop, who also made this known at St Charles's Borromeo Parish, Achina, advised other Catholics to equally accept the Pope's decision on the issue. He commended Bishop Okpal eke for his patience, humility and committed prayer life which he (Okpaleke) demonstrated throughout the over four years of the lingering imbroglio in Ahiara Catholic Diocese.
It would be recalled that Bishop Peter EbereOkpaleke had in a letter dated February 14, 2018, written to His Holiness, Pope Francis, stating his resignation from the office of Bishop of Ahiara Diocese of Nigeria.
Bishop Okpaleke in his letter, observed that the lingering imbroglio in Ahiara Diocese had been threatening his spiritual life, saying that he was convinced in his conscience that his remaining as the bishop of Ahiara was no longer beneficial to the Church.
He appealed to the Pope to accept his resignation which he said, he freely and humbly made, for the spiritual good of Ahiara Diocese.
Pope Francis had on Monday, February 19, accepted Bishop Okpaleke's resignation, and appointed Bishop Lucius Ugorji of Umuahia Diocese as the Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara.