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Stakeholders task Lagos residents to collect PVCs, vote out corrupt leaders

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• Nasarawa APGA seeks votes for individuals, not parties
• EU partners INEC, police to train legal officers

A coalition, Yepe Support Group for Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday implored residents to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) ahead of 2019 general elections.

Founder of the group, and Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdulhakeem Abdulateef made the call yesterday at a rally in Lagos.

He said the collection of PVCs was needed to vote out corrupt leaders for a better Nigeria.

The commissioner said the call was also necessary to ensure that the governor completes all ongoing projects across the state.

He said: “We have experienced a governor who has integrated the execution of projects into strategy by doing more than he says. Ambode is a governor who follows the tenets of good governance, rule of law, constitutional democracy, and all-inclusive governance.”

He implored the people not to change a winning team and appealed for a united electorate, regardless of their political parties and ideological differences.

Abdulateef implored other political parties not to field candidates for the governorship election in the state in 2019, to encourage future aspirants to perform well.

Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State, Labaran Maku, has urged electorate to vote for personalities rather than political parties in 2019.

Maku, a former Minister of Information, made the plea yesterday at a press briefing in his hometown, Wakma, in Akwanga Local Council Area yesterday.

He said: “No political party has so far given the people what they needed. It is the individual that matters because he would play out his true identity when he begins to rule.”

Maku urged the electorate not to be deceived by politicians who are only looking for votes, after which they abandon them.

In a related development, the European Union has organised a two-day training for legal officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Police, on how to prosecute electoral offences.

Project coordinator of The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), Nigeria, Rudolf Elbling, disclosed this at the weekend in Akwanga, Nasarawa State.

Senior Election Expert (legal), Maria-Teresa Mauro, who represented him at the training, said a similar exercise had been done in other geopolitical regions in the country.

INEC’s National Commissioner, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu expressed optimism that the training would reposition the stakeholders on writing of briefs and handling of pre-and posts-election cases in all courts and tribunals.


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