- An Abuja-based has conducted a voter education rally in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
- The group, Africana League Development Initiative, has been sensitizing residents in the Nigerian capital on electoral processes and voting system
- Members of the organisation during the rally carry, different placards to further convey the information to residents
An Abuja-based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Africana League Development Initiative, has held a voter education rally, sensitizing residents in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on electoral processes and voting system.
The Lagos branch of the league coordinated by Mr. Abayomi Odutoye and Mr. Hamza Hope held its rally simultaneously with ongoing preparation for Benue branch to conduct a similar rally on Tuesday, February 12, at Otukpo.
The executive director of the organization, Glory Nneka Ukwenga, in a brief chat with journalists during the event on Saturday, February 9, noted the exercise was carried out to educate and carry the people along in the electoral process.
Her words: “We have observed that INEC and other NGOs in Nigeria have not really been able to penetrate local communities to explain the voting process in details using local dialects or interpreters; this we have taken upon ourselves today to play our part as active citizens.
“As a body, we have decided to educate and carry local people along on the issue of the forthcoming elections and voting, so as to be familiar with the processes.
“Some of the areas which residents were enlightened on ranges from the identification of party logo; the particular finger (index) to use in voting; recognition of their polling units within their different locations and other germane issues.”
Members of the organisation during the rally carry, different placards to further convey the information to residents, with different short inscription, saying "your vote is your power" "election no be holiday" "protect your future by voting right" "choose your own candidate by voting" "step out to vote" "Obey INEC workers."
Also, flyers containing the messages were distributed to passers-by during the rally.
Ukwenga further advised the potential voters to go out and vote with the enlightenment they have received, assuring them that “in this coming election, your vote will count if you vote right.”
“If candidates don't deserve your vote, don't vote them. Our vote is our power and the power belong to us,” she added.
The organisation which has been in existence since year 2017 further tasked residents to act, vote and add value, saying it's not enough to complain but acting actively and politically is the surest means to the path of self-actualization.
Legit.ng also gathered that the information passed across to the residents were translated in pidgin and Hausa language for effective understanding.
Also speaking to residents during the rally, the Director of Programs, Mr Stephen Odey, told residents that “voting is the civic exercise of the people. Election time is not a day of holiday. It is not a day to sit at home and be watching movies.”
Continuing, he said: “The time has come for you not to keep complaining. It's the best opportunity for all of us. This is the time to make sure that politicians that are not performing are voted out.
“And those who are performing well should be voted into office to continue. It's a civic call for all of us to stand up and do the needful. The power is in your PVCs.”
Meanwhile, a recent public opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls has revealed that majority of Nigerians are not aware of most registered political parties in the country.
The poll which was released on Tuesday, February 5, also revealed that the two most popular political parties in Nigeria are the APC and PDP.
The respondents, however, showed some level of awareness on about 26 of the 91 registered political parties with the All Progressive Grand Alliance coming third followed by the Social Democratic Party.
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