Youths urged to actively participate in 2023 general elections
As the 2023 general elections draw nearer, experts in the field of governance and opinion moulders have challenge youths to actively participate in the entire process from polling to collation and eventual announcement of final outcome.
At a summit organised yesterday by The Future Project, through its YMonitor Accountability Programme, representatives of government, rights activists and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) charged young Nigerians to disabuse their minds of the age-long maxim that votes do not count.
Addressing the over 1,000 participants, popular activist, Aisha Yesufu, encouraged youths to shun apathy if they hope to see emergence of competent leaders next year.
She appreciated them for keeping the social media abuzz with populist discussions.
Yesufu said to achieve a Nigeria of what the youths desire, citizens must dedicate total concentration and active participation to election of lawmakers, adding that “if we do not do this and leave it for the executive, we will have a lopsided government, which may spur a rubber-stamp Assembly because most of the things that Nigerians are asking for are within the reach of the legislative arm of government.” She advised INEC officials to be firm and neutral.
INEC Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, Adenike Oriowo, hinted that 70 percent of the newly registered voters were youths.
She reassured that the general elections would be free and fair. Programme Officer for The Future Project, Olamilekan Omidiji, said the symposium was staged to inspire an emerging generation of new leaders in Nigeria and beyond. He advised Nigerians to go for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).