Nigerian youths serving in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, have been admonished not to connive with dubious politicians to perpetuate electoral fraud in the forthcoming 2019 elections, as this could destroy their future.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, gave the advice while addressing Corp members, at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, after the Corp members’ peaceful rally tagged “One Vote without Violence”.
Afuape said Corp members are key stakeholders in the country’s electoral processes; hence, must not compromise during the course of carrying out their national duties, as ad-hoc staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the 2019 elections.
Speaking, the Voters Education Officer, INEC, Ogun State, Mrs. Lara Onabanjo, noted that, youths are beginning to stand up to their responsibilities, as they are strongly against political violence and votes buying in the country, saying, INEC was fully in support of the Corp members’ initiatives, which according to her, would give directions to the youth and members of the public in the forth coming General elections.
She said INEC has deployed logistic, personnel and materials for the sensitization exercise, appealing to those who registered in year 2017, to come for the collection of their voters’ cards, noting that cards of those who registered this year would be ready before the general elections next year.
The Coordinator and initiator of “One Vote without Violence”, and Corps Liaison Officer, Abeokuta South, Paul Ibilo said the initiative was born out of the need to encourage youths to participate in the electoral process, by seeing themselves as major stakeholders in nation building, as well as to discourage them from engaging in political violence.
While appealing to Federal Government for the provision of adequate security to protect Corps members during and after the elections, Ibilo also called for further spread of campaign against electoral violence to all the states of the federation.