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Tasks voters to vote for a candidate who can change the narrative

By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja

Following the dangerous trend of an induced financial approach used by politicians during elections, a non-profit organization, One Love Foundation, OLF, on Saturday called on law enforcement agencies to criminalize the buying and selling of votes before the elections to the Edo State Governorate.

This was stated by the Founder, OLF, Chief Patrick Eholor, speaking about the strategic position and the role that security officers are expected to play in keeping the electoral process smooth and credible.

Eholor: “The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and security agencies should discourage the buying and selling of votes by labeling it as a crime.

“Security agencies must be neutral and non-partisan and avoid being compromised before, during and after Election Day. I say this due to past experiences and I am charging them for being very professional, as they are known for being.

“His integrity is now being tested and the result of his conduct and performance will come during and after the elections. We believe and hope they do not perform below average. “

He further stated that security officers must ensure that there is no violation of the electoral process and that all forms of vandalism and intimidation of voters must be addressed.

Therefore, he accused young people of thinking outside the box and not the feelings politicians use to blindfold gullible young people with drugs and few notes from Naira to their own detriment, as most of them at end of the day they are abandoned and criminalized.

“Avoid electoral violence and go out and vote for someone who will improve their lives because what is not worth living is not worth dying for,” he said.

Meanwhile, according to Eholor, the electorates in Edo State are well informed, enlightened and exposed, which no political party and its candidate can easily take advantage of or make them gullible with false promises that cannot be kept.

The social crusader further stated that the power to make a change in people’s lives lies with the people and not with politicians or candidates, so they must be very careful not to fall into the wrong hands before, during and after the elections. .

He also added that the constitutional power and right-wing electorates have to choose their leader through the ballot box, and that the backing of the constitution should make the electorates in Edo state critically evaluate and make the right decision about a candidate. that satisfies your health. education, employment, electricity, security and other needs, and not on the basis of feelings or being coaxed into choosing those who they know cannot meet their needs.

“The electorate is wiser every day. It is your right to evaluate candidates to see what they have in store for them before voting, as everyone has a reason to vote.

“Like some people who cannot afford school fees, they will be interested in a government that can provide an opportunity for their children to go to school. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, of blessed memory, provided free education.

“There are also those who have an interest in agriculture, so they hope for a government that can be responsible enough to provide them with soft loans for agriculture or commerce. Those who have health problems will pray for a government that provides good and accessible health care, ”he said.

He also affirmed and expressed his optimism that the INEC will hold a credible election, particularly in preparation, which he said that there is no excuse from the period prior to the election was a shortage of electoral materials and a logistics problem, because it gave the date and the guidelines. in record time that makes them fully prepared to carry out an acceptable election in the history of the state of Edo and Nigeria as a whole.

He also warned INEC about reliable biometrics and proper visualization of the voter registry for voters to accurately confirm their names and voting units in order to avoid disenfranchisement.

“I am sure that INEC already has its staff and they still have two weeks and a few days left. They should be responsible enough to say that there was no shortage of materials because if they do, they will be depriving some people of the exercise of their civic rights.

“Let’s give INEC some credit because it has improved. No matter how bad it is, it has not been easy but one day we will get there because this demonstration of madness is not us. We have our own way of doing things, since we want to live from borrowed cultures and we want to be civilized, it takes time to master civilization, “he added.

However, he argued that Nigeria, after 21 years of returning to democracy, should be of legal age to monitor its own elections and not to invite foreign observers to report on its own elections.

He also noted that elections have never been held in the United States of America, the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Kingdom, Germany and others.

“I think it is a shame for Nigeria after 21 years of democracy to depend on foreign referees as election observers. It is unnecessary. We can observe our choices ourselves.

“I don’t remember the last time that Europeans and Americans called African countries, in particular Nigeria, to monitor the elections in their countries. Elections are approaching in the United States in October, I am sure that Donald Trump or Joe Biden will not invite Nigeria as a referee, “he said.

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