From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
With apathy apparently building up in the minds of electorates across Nigeria following the postponement of the country’s Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Nigerian leading airline Arik Air said it has introduce a palliative ticket promo of N16, 000 to encourage voters who might have returned back to their bases to fly back to their wards and exercise their civil responsibility of electing a new set of leaders for the country in the rescheduled polls.
Tagged ‘Fly to Vote’, the airline explained that the promotion is aim at encouraging Nigerians to travel to their respective wards to cast their votes in the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly Elections, as well as the Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly Elections holding across the country on February 23, 2019 and March 9, 2019 respectively.
The N16, 000 promotional fare is the one-way ticket cost to any domestic destination on Arik Air’s network and customers must present a valid Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) at the point of purchase and at check in to be eligible to fly, it added.
An electronic statement made available indicated that the “ Fly to Vote promotion is available for sale from Monday, February 18, 2019 till Tuesday, March 11, 2019 for travel between Thursday, February 21 and Tuesday, February 26, 2019 as well as between Thursday, March 7, 2019 and Tuesday, March 12, 2019.”
The statement further said promo tickets can be purchased at any of airline’s sales channels such as Airport and City Ticketing Offices or online at www.arikair.com.
Speaking on the rationale behind the promotion, Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu said: “We have put this promotional fare in place to ameliorate the effect of the postponement on the traveling public and encourage voter participation.”