By Ajibola Abayomi,
March 27, 2018.
The Campaign for Democracy (CD) has called on Nigerians who are eligible to vote to go out in their millions and register to get their voter’s cards intact in readiness for 2018 general election.
According to the CD in a statement made available to The LeadOnline by its secretary, Ifeanyi Odili, the call became inevitable because “the joy of democracy is the power vested in every citizen to elect or remove his or her leaders with the wise use of electoral power.”
The CD after its first 2018 quarterly NEC meeting, held in Lagos, made this call with a view to ushering in a new set of leaders who will lead the country for another four years.
The meeting also advised Nigerians to shun money bag politicians who may want to lure them with money into voting against their conscience.
CD noted that Nigeria as a nation was backward in every facet of national life because of lack of integrity, principle and conscience on the part of the electorate.
“In the past, Nigerians have been misled to vote against their future on a platter of money politics.
“On this note, Nigerians are enjoined to shun any politician who may want to use their sugar coated mouths to cajole them into falling into the contraptions of the political marauders.
“The future of Nigeria is this bleak owing to our unpatriotic attitude to the nation. CD has attributed the mass poverty and high rate of unemployment in the in the country to the irresponsibility of Nigerian mass” said the CD.
The communique at the meeting further stated that “it is very sad, that an average Nigerian mass is irresponsible, not ready for radical change.
“Until we retrace our steps and use our voting power correctly, we will continue to be under the bondage of dishonest politicians, and they will continue to play under dog roles and eat from their crumbs.
“Hence, the need to go out and register. If they fail to tie up the monkey the monkey will tie them up”.
CD also cautioned the INEC to delete from its proposals to burn permanent voters card as such action with be vehemently opposed. Recently the INEC through Ondo REC disclosed that it will burn all unclaimed permanent voters cards PVC through Ondo REC of The Independent National electoral commission at its various offices across the country.
The Resident Electoral Officer (REC) in Ondo State, Dr Rufus Akeju who made it known in Akure, Ondo state capital.
The reason he gave was not sufficient to burn the properties of Nigeria. PVC is not his personal property but Nigeria’s. Such proposal is a height of prodigality and economic sabotage.