BWARI – Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of Campaign for Democracy, an NGO, on Monday urged Nigerians to always vote in elections to achieve meaningful democratic growth.
Okei-Odumakin, a Nigerian women’s rights activist, gave the advice in Bwari in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
She described election as key to defining features of any democratic government, and expressed the need for people to cast their vote to boost credibility of election results.
“If we don’t cast our vote, it will not be counted and if votes are not counted, we can’t be deemed fit to be practising nascent democracy.
“That is the reason why people must come out during election to exercise their franchise; to be able to elect credible leaders of choice and enjoy democratic dividends.
“People must do their voters registration to be able to cast their vote; that is the only way our nation can move forward,” she said.
The president decried the attitude by politicians who engaged in electoral violence to win election, saying that it hindered national growth.
She said electoral violence was posing threat to the unity of the country, and urged the political class to avoid it.
Okei-Odumakin also urged the politicians to desist from using the youth for thuggery during elections. (NAN