By Remi Koleoso
A civil society group, Yvote Naija, says it has trained relevant stakeholders on mobilisation and advocacy for active participation of voters in the June 18 governorship election.
The State Coordinator and Project Lead of the group, Mr Funsho Benjamin and Habeeb Adewale respectively, said this on Monday at a workshop held in Ado-Ekiti, in collaboration with Global Youth Mobilization.
Benjamin said that the programme was part of the group’s ongoing nationwide advocacy on voter education and awareness.
The group decried the high rate of voter apathy during the 2018 governorship election in the state.
It urged eligible voters to come out en masses and exercise their franchise in the upcoming election.
He urged the citizenry to participate in the electoral process and also hold their leaders accountable.
He said that their participation in the electoral process was critical to nation building.
He further urged participants to educate people in their respective communities to shun vote buying and vote selling.
According to him, such an unwholesome practice would be out of business if there is nobody interested in buying and selling.
Earlier, the Convener of the group, Olasupo Abideen, bemoaned low voter participation in the current electoral processes.
Abideen said that his organisation was working assiduously to change the narrative.
“We are doing this by encouraging more people to register and collect their Permanent Voter Cards.
“As citizens, we must understand that we can’t achieve a better Nigeria, if we refuse to participate in electoral process,” he said.
In a lecture, Mr Ayomide Agbaje educated the participants on how they can use the new media to reduce voter apathy.
He called on INEC to work towards reducing the incidence of machine malfunctioning during elections.
The Executive Director of Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable Development, Mr Nelson Akerele, spoke on various issues, including voter education, vote buying, challenges faced by people living with disabilities during election and the general attitude of Nigerians to governance.
Akerele tutored the trainees on the rudiments of advocacy, community mapping, power mapping, mobilisation and stakeholders organisation.
He, therefore, called on Nigerian youth to always speak with one voice and demand accountability from their leaders.
In a goodwill message, the INEC Desk Officer in Ekiti, Mrs Funke Ojo, lauded Yvote Naija for the initiative.
Ojo reaffirmed the commitment of the electoral body to ensure the success of the governorship election in the state. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Sam Oditah