Feb. 16 Poll: Make Sure You Vote, Saraki Urges Nigerians...Assuring massive turn out will checkmate rigging - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, February 10, 2019

Feb. 16 Poll: Make Sure You Vote, Saraki Urges Nigerians...Assuring massive turn out will checkmate rigging

                                 • Saraki

The Senate President and Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday called on Nigerians who have collected their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) across the nation to ensure that they come out to vote in massive numbers during the presidential election scheduled for Saturday,  February 16, 2019.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu,  highlighted several reasons why Nigerians need to participate massively in the forthcoming elections, saying noted with a high voters turnout, the results of the poll can't be manipulated.

He stated:"We have all seen how the last four years have gone. It is time for Nigerians across the nation to choose economic growth over poverty; choose security over the growing and fast spreading insecurity; and choose competent leadership over leadership that is outdated.

“If you have ever questioned if Nigeria can be better, coming out to vote and bringing your friends and relatives who have PVCs out to vote next Saturday will be your answer. 

"It is not enough to tweet about this government or share WhatsApp broadcasts, the time has come for all Nigerians to take their future in their hands and vote for visionary leaders, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, and the PDP slate of candidates who are promising a Better Nigeria and are ready to make Nigeria work again."

The Senate President urged all young Nigerians of voting age to take this  election as a test of their numerical  strength, explaining that with 51 percent of the voters on the  register being youths, they make up the most crucial voting bloc.

“To the young people of our nation, I want you to know that you cannot afford to just sit on the sidelines any longer. All across the world, young people like you are deciding who will lead their nations. The youth of Nigeria have an opportunity this time around to become the deciding factor.

“I have read a lot of comments about young people saying that they won’t vote because their votes do not matter and that people want to rig the election. Here’s my answer: “If you vote, they can’t rig!” 

"The more people that come out to vote, the less likely it is for those that want to manipulate the results to do so — its a simple mathematics. It is the numbers of registered voters who failed to come out and vote that the riggers seek to manipulate in inflating votes for a candidate or group of candidates.

“I urge you all, take this election seriously, and together, we can make history together by saving Nigeria’s future,” the Senate President stated.

Jane Okafor, Abuja

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