The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has stressed the need for members of the church to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) before the deadline.
The church has also approved that some of its buildings can be used for registration in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC had given June 30, 2022, as the deadline for voter registration across the country but a Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the electoral body from ending voter registration on the said date.
Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon, on Monday, granted an order of interim injunction following a suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and ‘185 concerned Nigerians’.
However, a letter dated June 17, 2022, from the Intercontinental Youth Pastor/PICR, Belemina Obunge, and addressed to pastors in charge of provinces, read, “We refer to the above and wish to kindly inform you that we have received a directive from the Mission Authority to ensure a high level of sensitization in all our parishes on the need for all our members to get their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.
“Based on the above, Provincial Hqtrs and Mega Parishes are encouraged to use their parish as a centre for one or two days to facilitate their members’ & interested neighbours’ registration considering the closeness of the deadline (June 30th, 2022) of the Continuous Voter Registration exercise.
“Provinces will be required to send a summarized report of parishes’ compliance with the above directive to the office of the undersigned, stating the number of adult members versus the number of PVCs counted.
“The report is expected on or before Tuesday 27th, June 2022 for onward compilation to the Mission Authority.”
RCCG is a Pentecostal megachurch and denomination founded in Lagos, Nigeria. Its General Overseer is Pastor Enoch Adeboye and the church in Lagos has an average church attendance of 100,000, with millions of members nationwide.
The church recently generated controversy when it created the Office of Directorate of Politics and Governance to engage members willing to be involved in politics.
In a memo addressed to all regions, provinces, zones and other levels of the church, the mission said the directorate would educate members about politics.