Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reversed his false statement about Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs).
Following the publication of this article, the Daily Post remembers that the former Lagos State governor on Tuesday advised some of his fans in Abuja to register ahead of the 2023 presidential election since their PVCs had expired.
In an address to supporters in the nation’s capital, the APC stalwart asked people to “take one family member, two family members, knock on all doors, and make sure that the new registration is accepted… Due to the possibility that they would not notify you on time. The PVCs you have on hand have reached the end of their useful life. Yes!”
Although the comment was received well, Nigerians rushed social media in an attempt to call out the presidential candidate for misleading the general population.
A rapid denial of the claim was issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which cautioned Nigerians against following his recommendations.
Following that, Tinubu’s media outfit issued an apology to Nigerians, claiming that the comment was made in error and that it was regrettable.
“On Tuesday night in Abuja, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu granted audience to a delegation of ladies from Lagos and throughout the country who were attending the All Progressives Congress Women Conference,” the statement says in part.
In charging the women with checking the status of their voting cards and mobilising supporters to vote, he made the error of using the word ‘expire’ instead of noting that the cards might need to be updated.
The statement was immediately corrected, and Asiwaju expressed regret for any confusion it may have created as soon as he was informed of the error.
“Asiwaju Tinubu also stated that he appreciates the patriotic and important work done by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its workers in ensuring a free and fair electoral process for all Nigerians, regardless of party affiliation.”