By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado Ekiti—Worried at the recurrent issue of voters’ apathy in Southwest region of the country during elections, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, yesterday said leaders in the region would soon address the problem.
Ojudu said leaders in the zone would have to devise a strategy that could trigger the people’s interest in exercising their franchise during elections, noting that one of the ways was through massive voter’s education and sensitisation.
The former federal lawmaker, who described as worrisome, the low turnout of voters during the Presidential and national assembly elections in the region, said the situation had to be addressed urgently by all concerned.
Ojudu who spoke in Ado Ekiti while reacting to the outcome of the presidential election, said “This is an issue of concern to all of us. We must address it if truly we want to be relevant or translate our population to benefits and recognition . Going by the statistics released by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Lagos has over 5.5 million, but it recorded less than 1.5 million, that was disturbing.
“By the time we did the computation of the result of the presidential poll in Lagos, less than 18 percent voted. Our leaders must do more recruitment of people into the electoral process. We must tell the self sufficient elite to take interest in voting, this is the best way to get it right.
“If you check the results, the people from Ikoyi, Victoria Garden City and Lekki residents , where we have large concentration of elite, very few people came out to vote. So, it was an issue we must discuss and address critically and that we are going to do. “
Ojudu called on the INEC and National Orientation Agency, NOA, to join hands with other like minds to increase voter’s education in the zone.
“These institutions have a role to play here. A lot more needed to be done in voter education because our people are not taking interest in voting. I don’t want to believe that leadership failure was responsible, because elections are meant to correct any poor performing leaders
“If we have any leader that is not performing, we must come out during elections and vote them out. So, leadership failure is not enough justification for anyone not to vote on election day”, he said.Read Full Story