Monday, 8 May 2017

VOTERS REVALIDATION: Govt Should Mobilise INEC to Communities – OBAZE

By Okechukwu Onuegbu  
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Immediate past Secretary to the Government of Anambra state, Sir Oseloka Obase, has asked governments at all levels to mobilise the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take the ongoing voters revalidation and registration exercise to communities rather to concentrate it at council area secretariats.
According to Oseloka, “Governance is about being creative. INEC announced that there are about 70 million permanent voters card yet to be collected nationwide. But I think there are more. Therefore, if the government is ready to get them distributed to the masses, they should feel free to mobilise INEC officials to conduct the exercise at rural communities.
“INEC officials and materials should be stationed at motor parks, churches, markets, banks and other strategic locations where people often visit so that they can easily register or collect their permanent voters’ cards. It is the right of every Nigerian aged 18 years and above. It’s not a privilege. And it is a government responsibility to make it available for every Nigerian of voting age. Government should find ways of distributing the cards to voters at every part of the country.
“It’s improper to ask voters to abandon their useful ventures and spend money travelling to any part of the country just to obtain voters card. If it must be obtained at local government secretariats; those at the federal, state and local governments should fund their people to visit those centres. This is why I said that governance is about creativity. We need people with creative policy to lead us in this country. Nigerians are hungry. Nigerians are suffering. Anambra people are hungry. Anambra people are suffering. They should not be disenfranchised but rather be provided with opportunities to decide who governs them.”
On his aspiration to govern Anambra, Obase advised people from other zones of the state to give chance for zoning, which according to him, is in the constitution as stipulated on the principle of federal character.

“If Igbos are seriously agitating for full implementation of the principles of federal character, Anambra should adhere to equity and natural justice, and allow the north to complete their two-term tenure. People should allow us from Anambra north to decide who governs Anambra in the next four years. If I win, I will lead for just four years” he submitted. 



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