-2019 General Elections: Pyrates raise awareness on active citizens’ participation-
As 2018 unwinds towards 2019 when Nigerians would go to the polls to cast their votes at the general elections, members of the National Association of Seadogs (also known as Pyrates Confraternity) have embarked on an enlightenment campaign to educate Nigerians on the need for active participation in the electoral process.
The campaign was carried out last Saturday in all chapters of the Association to equally inform citizens on the need to vote wisely, eschew ethnic identity politics, reject sale or buying of votes and avoid violence. Fliers stating that “our votes count” and bearing various messages to substantiate the need for credible elections were distributed to eligible voters.
For instance, one of such messages enjoined voters to “Support clean and peaceful elections. Avoid election violence, thuggery and ethnic identity politics”. It added that: “The time is here again and the political hawks will be seeking to take advantage of you for another four years. Do the right thing, vote wisely and ensure to elect the right leaders.”
In Calabar, Cross River State, members of Calabar Municipal Local Government Area’s Chapter of the Association embarked on the campaign by distributing fliers to eligible voters along the popular Marian Road and at Ika Ika Oqua Market along that route.
Mr A. M. Peter, President of Calabar Municipal Local Government Area’s Chapter of National Association of Seadogs justified the need for the campaign, saying:
“As election closes in, it is imperative for the citizens to ensure that they use their Permanent Voters’ Cards wisely by voting in credible leaders. This campaign is part of the advocacy programme of NAS to awaken the citizens’ consciousness ahead of the 2019 general elections.”
Meanwhile, some women who received fliers during the exercise appealed to members of National Association of Seadogs to “carry women along” in their campaigns by ensuring that women also join in distributing fliers. They claimed that women do not rig elections and added that messages on the need for clean and peaceful elections would create deeper impact if women join in disseminating such messages.
It would be recalled that in August this year, members of all chapters of National Association of Seadogs embarked on a sensitization campaign on the need for eligible voters to get registered and collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards. The Association has resolved to relentlessly continue with similar campaigns on the rights of the citizenry.
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