The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has expressed fears he may not vote in next month’s general elections as he is yet to collect his Permanent Voter Card (PVC).
In a meeting with the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, the Sultan stressed the need for the electoral body and the government to work together to ensure that no Nigerian was disenfranchised.
President Jonathan was in Sokoto State in continuation of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential campaign, when he visited the monarch.
The Sultan called on the Federal Government to do everything within its powers to ensure that no Nigerian of eligible age was disenfranchised in the crucial election.
The challenges that the electoral body is facing in distribution of the PVC had led to the National Assembly advising the electoral body to consider allowing individuals with their old Temporary Voters Card to vote in the elections that will begin in few weeks.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had insisted that only voters with the PVC would be allowed to vote. But distribution had not reached 90 per cent.
At the meeting, the traditional ruler further expressed concerns that campaigns ahead of the general elections were taking religious colouration instead of being issue-based and urged all candidates to embrace peace.
He also urged the political parties to caution their supporters against violence.
The Sultan stressed the need for the government to work hard to end insecurity in parts of the country.
He said: “As the leader of the Muslims faithful I will not fail to intimate the President and his government with the problems Muslims face in this country”.