As the nation marks Democracy Day, the Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, called on Nigerians to take back the country from the hands of corrupt politicians through the procurement of their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) and voting for credible candidates during the forthcoming general elections.
In a statement in Abakaliki, the Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Mazi Okechukwu, mandated all eligible Nigerians, especially youths, to take advantage of the ongoing voter registration exercise and get registered, insisting that their PVCs are their only weapon to retake and rebuild the battered image of Nigeria.
He also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the enrollment of eligible voters till September 2022 as it appears that the commission is under pressure to disenfranchise Nigerians from participating in the 2023 general elections.
Isiguzoro noted that there are secret meetings to pressurise INEC’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to end the voter registration exercise by June 2022.
The statement reads: “Ohanaeze has commended Nigerians, especially the youths, on their efforts to end voter apathy and take back Nigeria in 2023, and this is the best time to take advantage of the ongoing voter registration exercise and get all eligible voters registered.
“There will be no democracy without Nigerians; the power to get the best leaders in 2023 will be in the hands of Nigerians; we should awake from our slumber and demand that INEC extends voter registration to September 2022.
“Starting from June 12, 2022, Nigerians should use peaceful mediums and constitutional ways to pressurise INEC to extend the time of the voter registration exercise till September 2022.”
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