FCT Council Polls: Yiaga Africa Takes ‘Don’t Sell Your Votes Campaign To Markets

Civil Society Organisation Yiaga Africa has taken the campaign of “don’t sell your votes” to markets in the Kuje area Council ahead of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) election holding tomorrow Saturday.

Residents who resolved to vote said they will ensure their votes count.

According to the traders, they won’t cage in on intimidation and will vote for their choices.

But some who spoke to our Correspondent said they are tired of voting without change while others say they will ensure they vote.

Some people at the market even displayed their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) insisting they will vote.

“We registered but people that don’t have voter cards in this market are many,” David Chukwu, said.

Speaking at a press conference addressed at the Kuje market, the BOT member of the Yiaga Africa, Barr Ezenwa Nwagwu, told the people that the PVP they have beeing collecting since 2011 is still valid.

He said women participation in the election is under threat adding that no political party field a woman as a candidate for the office of the chairman.

Nwagwu said even though voter education is very poor, added that their findings show that there will be poor voter turn out.

He told the traders that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be using Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).

“This will also be an issue. Many residents are not aware of their new polling units,” Nwagwu said.

The representative of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) Aisha Akanbi, said women should be more involved in governance adding that their voices must be heard.

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She said women and children are suffering adding that with good governance, things will be better.

She said they should vote for someone they can hold accountable.

“Women must come out and ensure their votes count.

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