Innocent 2Baba Idibia, Cohbams Asuquo and Helen Paul were at the University of Abuja on Thursday, May 3, 2018. But it was not for a music concert.
The trio, who are Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) youth ambassadors, had come the university with a single purpose – to educate the students on the need to actively participate in the process of electing their leaders into office.
The campus outreach, was organised by INEC in collaboration with the European Union (EU), European Center for Electoral Support and Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) Africa.
Will our votes count?
Youths constitute over 60 percent of the Nigeria’s population. Sadly, most young people in Nigeria are generally not interested in election matters.
Aside the cases of violence at some polling units, young people in Nigerian have stayed off the process often for fears that their votes may not count due to electoral malpractices.
Speaking at the event, INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu assured the students that their votes will count in the forthcoming elections.
NEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu reacting to questions from students at the UniaAbuja campus outreach.
“I assure you that your votes will count. In 2019, only the votes cast by Nigerians will count,” the INEC boss declared.
How about PLWD..?
Cobhams was more concerned about what modalities had been put in place to ensure that People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) are able to vote without help or discrimination.
Narrating his experience during the 2015 general elections, Cobhams said unlike others who casted their votes secretly, his wife and others knew who he voted for.
The multiple-award winning musician and producer advocated provisions for PLWDs to exercise their Constitutional rights like everyone else.
In his reaction, the INEC chairman noted that electoral umpire had begun provision of magnifying glasses for persons with partial visual impairment and special visual ballot papers for the blind.
Cobhams also called to INEC to address the case of in some parts of the country.
Take your destiny in your hands
Despite the frenzy whenever he spoke, , urged said the youths have the power to determine their future by the type of leaders the vote into elective positions.
The music legend urged Nigerian youths to not just register and collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) but also come out and vote in the 2019 elections.
“It is not enough to register and vote. You can also register as a member of a political party so that you begin to grow in the process. So that your own will be different from our own,” he advised.
Comedienne Helene was in her element when reacting to questions from students.
2Baba, Cobhams, Helen Paul shutdown UniAbuja for INEC campus outreach
She urged Nigerian students to vote persons who will deliver the dividends of democracy to the people and not fall for the deceit of some politicians.
She also presented gifts to the Student Union Government President, Bashir Obasanjo.
This was shortly before Helen took off her wig right before everyone.
Yes, she did.
PVC is your ticket to a good life
Earlier, the director, voter education and publication at INEC, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, describe the PVC a ticket to good life.
“Your PVC is your ticket to good life and right to enjoy the dividends of democracy depending on your choice. Choose wisely but most of all, register and collect it. Participate in the process of election,” he said.
The were also goodwill messages from the Executive Director of the ECES, Fabio Bergacchi; Head of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Ketil Karlson; and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Michael Adikwu.
Culled from worldnews
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