Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has called on eligible voters in the state to use the Permanent Voter Cards to vote out non-performing political leaders and parties during next year’s general elections.
Governor Oshiomhole spoke shortly after receiving his PVC at Ward 10, Unit One, Iyamho in Etsako Central Local Government Area of the state, during the distribution of the cards by the Independent National Electoral Commission at the weekend.
He described the PVC as a “horsewhip” used to punish erring politicians and the parties through which they were elected.
“In a democracy, it is expected that when you elect people in good faith, you elect them in trust. When you have voted for someone and, for one reason, you are not satisfied, then you need the card to be able to fire the person, particularly when the person makes himself available in the next election.
“This card is a horsewhip to punish anyone who you elected that did not perform and to punish the political party that produces that person unless you are convinced that it is not the fault of the party. The permanent voter card is not only an instrument of reward but one for punishment,” he noted.
Oshiomhole urged eligible voters not to be discouraged from collecting their PVCs by the poor performance some political officer but rather see the distribution exercise as an opportunity to correct wrong electoral choices made in past elections.