Nigerians, particularly the Igbos have been urged to come out en masse to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming Gubernatorial and House of Assembly Elections.
The call was made by the Ndigbo Unity Forum, a pan-Igbo socio-political group, ahead of March 9 elections.
The President of the group, Comrade Augustine Chukwudum, made the appeal in a statement in Enugu on Saturday.
Chukwudum said that the call became imperative following likely apathy which might occur after Saturday’s presidential election.
We are calling on Igbos to exercise their rights by coming out en mass on the day of Governorship and State Assembly Elections, on March 9.
“We also call on INEC to make sure the election is free and fair; while people must stop selling their votes and security agents must checkmate vote buyers, it is not good,’’ reported The Punch.
The NUF boss called on the National Orientation Agency to help in voters education and guard against the menace of vote buying and selling.
According to him, the NOA should educate the people so that they will know the power in the voter’s cards which they have in their hands.
“People who sold their vote in the past do not know the value of what they have, that is why they do not know that they are selling their future, which is the power they have to elect good leaders.
“Now is the time to elect people who will be servant-leaders and not rulers who will take us backwards as it was in the time past,’’ he said.
Recalled that the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections were marred with irregularities, where some Igbos were allegedly intimidated.