Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and Delta PDP Governorship flag bearer, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, have challenged traditional rulers to educate their subjects on the need to collect the permanent voters card.
They made the call Friday while addressing traditional rulers council of Oshimili North local Government Area of Delta State when the PDP candidates for the February, 2015 general elections paid a courtesy visit at the Palace of Obi of Akwukwu-Igbo, HRM Obi David Azuka.
Some of the traditional rulers who were present included the Ugoani of Okpanam, Obuzo of Ibusa, representatives of Ogbelani of Illah and the Regent of Ebu.
According to Dr Uduaghan, traditional rulers should take it as a priority for all their subjects who are of voting age to exercise their franchise.
“The instrument to enable your people is the permanent voters cards, it is good that INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) has decentralized the collection centres for the PCV, tell your people to go and collect their cards to enable them vote,” he said, stating that there was the need for more enlightenment campaign to enable the voters know the ballot boxes to cast their votes so as to avoid void votes.
He informed the traditional rulers that President Goodluck Jonathan is the Presidential candidate of the PDP, stating that he deserves to be re-elected because, “he has held the country together despite the challenges.”
Dr Uduaghan who explained that members of the PDP were in Akwukwu-Igbo for political campaign, also introduced Senator Ifeanyi Okowa as the governorship candidate of the PDP, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi as the Senatorial candidate for Delta North Senatorial district, Hon. Amaechi Mrakpor as the candidate of the PDP for House of Representatives Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency and Hon. Pat Ajudua as the candidate for House of Assembly, Oshimili North constituency.
Senator Okowa on his part urged traditional rulers to enlighten their people on the need to vote during the elections.
While calling on the traditional rulers to thank Governor Uduaghan for making it possible for them to emerge as candidates on the PDP platform, the gubernatorial candidate assured the traditional rulers that he will consolidate on the successes of the Dr Uduaghan’s administration and introduce new policies and programmes that will better the lives of the people.