In a bid to motivate and encourage a large turn out of voters for the 2023 general election, the National Voters Drive Coalition (NVDC) on Thursday took her awareness rally to the 17 local government areas of Abia state to remind residents on the need to participate in the coming general elections.

The awareness rally which had the theme: “Sorom Tuo, Come Out And Vote, Don’t Sell Your Future” got the attention of residents, traders, passerbys, commercial transporters and passengers as informative flyers were shared to people. Jingles and sensitizing voter education messages was dished out repeatedly to the attention of the people.

Speaking to newsmen about the rally, Ekejiuba Daberechi Kingsley, Representative of NVDC and the President General, Progressive Abia Youths(PAY) said the purpose of the rally is to awaken the people in the 17 local government areas of Abia state on the need to exercise their franchise for possible change in the state and country at large.

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PHOTO: Ekejiuba Daberechi Kingsley, Representative of NVDC and the President General, Progressive Abia Youths(PAY)

In his own words: “We are going round the state to sensitive the voters not to sit at home, the purpose of this project is to awaken the people to take the initiative to exercise their franchise and to let them know that the solution to the problem of our country is if we all come out to vote, we can then change the narratives especially by voting our conscience.

“We want to remind them that we can’t afford to sit by the side and watch things go wrong, we have to stand up and take action”.

In the rally monitored by the awareness campaign was taken to markets, motor parks and streets of Umuahia, the capital of Abia State.

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Ekejiuba also added that in the last general election, Abia State recorded the lowest turnout of voters which according to him is the purpose of the rally and also to motivate citizens to take the initiative and play their part by coming out en mass to vote.

“It doesn’t make sense, this time around we want to ensure that they exercise their franchise by casting their votes” Ekejiuba said.

The group in their numbers moved around with mobile public address systems audibly reminding Abians of the need to come out and vote in their large numbers with guaranteed security to protect them as they cast their votes.

The 2023 election in Nigeria has recently recorded large numbers of voters registration. The Independent National Election Commission INEC has declared over 93.5 million Nigerians as eligible to participate in the exercise.

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