2023 Presidential aspirant, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has apologised over what his media aide described as an “error” in his recent statement over Permanent Voters’ Card, PVCs.
The Tinubu Media Office in a statement signed by Tunde Rahman, said as soon as the error in Tinubu’s claim while addressing women in abuja was pointed out to him, he apologised.
Newsdiaryonline reports that Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, recently declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
While clarifying his error on PVCs,Tinubu’s media aide said: “On Tuesday night in Abuja, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu granted audience to a delegation of women from Lagos and across the country attending the All Progressives Congress Women Conference.
“While charging the women to check the status of their voting cards and mobilise supporters to vote, he mistakenly used the word ‘expire’ instead of stating that the cards may have to be updated.
“Immediately upon being apprised of this, Asiwaju apologised for the incorrect statement and felt sorry for any confusion it may have caused.Asiwaju Tinubu also stressed that he appreciates the patriotic and necessary work of INEC and its personnel in assuring a free and fair electoral process for all Nigerians in all political parties.
Concern over voter apathy
The presidential aspirant also expressed his concern over voter apathy.
Rahman disclosed that “At the meeting convened at the behest of the women, Asiwaju emphasized the need for people to fully participate in elections so we strengthen our democracy. He urged them to continue to mobilise voters to update their PVCs and help thwart the prevailing voter-apathy. Women must mobilise heavily to reverse the trend, he said.
“The gap between those who registered for elections and those who usually turned up to pick their PVCs was wide, adding that such constitutes a serious challenge, which may impede the growth of our democracy.
The statement further said, “Asiwaju Tinubu would like to reiterate this call to women to mobilise at the grassroots levels so that elections reflect the sovereign will of all the people for a true democracy to be established.”
He enjoined them to review their voting details with INEC so that these details will be updated before the coming elections.