The Leadership of the Ondo Forum in the South-South geopolitical zone has urged its members to participate in the Continuous Voter Registration in the state scheduled to commence on Wednesday, June 22, ahead of the November 26, 2016 governorship election.
Samuel Ayadi, President of the Forum in Bayelsa State, gave the directive in Yenagoa, the state capital, while calling his members to take active part in political developments in their home state, Ondo.
According to him, the several reforms by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have restored public confidence in the power of the ballot box.
He said the group had embarked on a sensitization campaign to encourage members, who were yet to register and those who recently turned 18, to seize the opportunity of the exercise scheduled to hold between June 22 and 26.
Ayadi, however, urged INEC to extend the registration period to enable people outside the state to participate in the exercise.
“Our interest in Ondo state politics is driven by the reforms by INEC which has returned the power of choice to the people, which is why we want to participate in the process to ensure that Ondo people get the right leadership.
“There was a lot of apathy in the past but there is a new dawn and we want to identify with our kinsmen to enthrone the type of leaders that will turn things around.
“With the economic challenges before us we need competent and experienced leadership to turn things around,” Ayadi said.