The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has directed its members nationwide to withhold the salary of staff working under them until they obtain Permanent Voter Card, PVC.
The National President of the association, Chinedu Okoronkwo, gave the directive through the IPMAN Chairman, Kano chapter, Bashir Danmallam in a statement in Kano on Friday.
In the statement, the association had asked its members across the country to obtain permanent voter cards before the expiration of the deadline to enable them vote competent and credible leaders in 2023.
Mr Danmallam said the directive followed a meeting with Mr Okoronkwo, who mandated him to pass it to all the members nationwide on his behalf.
He said the association had resolved and directed its members not to give salary to any staff working under them until such staff present their PVC.
He added that the association found It necessary to take the measure so as to ensure that all its eligible members obtain the PVC to enable them exercise their civic responsibility by participating fully in the forthcoming general election in 2023.
Mr Danmallam pointed out that IPMAN had not directed its members to vote for any candidate, stressing that it just wanted its members to exercise their civic right as citizens.
“We are not saying our members should vote for a particular candidate or political party. But our concern is our members should obtain the PVC because without it one cannot vote.
“Our members should feel free to vote for any candidate of their choice whether he or she is in APC, PDP, APGA or NNPP. They have the liberty to vote for the candidate of their choice irrespective of which party he/she belongs,” Mr Danmalam said.
The IPMAN chairman however urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to extend the period of PVC registration to enable many of its members living in places where there is no effective network coverage, to register.
According to him, the association was ready to open offices to facilitate the registration exercise as it had given similar support to the National Identity Management Agency where it assisted the agency with computers for the issuance of National Identification number, NIN.
He noted that besides the Federal Government, their organization is highest employer of labour in the country and called on INEC to consider the possibility of extending the deadline for the registration.
He, therefore, urged their members to make the best use of the opportunity to register before the expiration of the deadline.