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Our Votes Count: NAS mobilises Abuja residents to vote
THE National Association of Seadogs aka pyrate confraternity has on Saturday, January 19, embarked on the last leg of an advocacy campaign to sensitize Nigerians resident in the Federal Capital City, Abuja, about their civic duty to participate in the 2019 general elections.
The awareness campaign known as Our Votes Count (OVC) falls under the association’s Citizen Summit project, which is organised annually.
Last Saturday, OVC was taken to the Area One Motor Park and Area One Shopping Complex in Garki where NAS members of Sahara Deck distributed fliers and educated the people on how to collect their Permanent Voter Card ahead of February 16 election, and vote.
The deadline for the PVC collection is February 8, according to the INEC.
Speaking ahead of the awareness campaign, the NAS national vice president northern Nigeria, Frank Okafor, said the Citizens Summit is embarked by the NAS to facilitate dialogue between Nigerians and their leaders with a view to holding the leaders accountable to the people, and OVC is an initiative specially designed to encourage citizens’ participation in election.
The Chapter President of NAS, Sahara Deck, Stanley Nwodo, emphasised the need for free, fair and violence-free election across the country.
Citizens’ votes matter a lot, if Nigeria must secure the future of its younger generation, he told The ICIR.
The vice president of the Sahara Deck, Victor Ofili encouraged all Nigerians to come out en mass and vote in February.
“When you don’t vote, you can’t complain.”
The previous “Our Votes Count” awareness campaigns were carried out in August and December 2018 nationwide.