The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Igbo apex socio-political organization, on Sunday alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was under pressure to disenfranchise Nigerians ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Ohanaeze Secretary-General, alleged that INEC’s Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, was under pressure to end the voters’ registration exercise by June 2022.
In a statement he signed, Isiguzoro urged Nigerians to demand an extension of the voters’ registration exercise.
Isiguzoro urged Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing exercise to get their voters cards ahead of 2023.
According to Isiguzoro: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has commended Nigerians, especially the youths, on their recent efforts to end voters’ apathy and take back Nigeria in 2023. Nigerians should be conscious of the ongoing manipulation of the electoral process by corrupt politicians to ensure that INEC will end up the ongoing voters registration exercise in other curtail the surge of Nigerians hurrying to collect their PVCs
“This is the best time Nigerians should take advantage of the ongoing voter registration exercise and get all eligible voters registered, and Nigerians must rise and demand from INEC to extend the enrollment of eligible voters till September 2022 as it appears that INEC is under pressure to disfranchise the rights of Nigerians to participate in 2023 elections, there are undercover meetings to pressurized the INEC Chairman, to end the Voter’s registration exercise by June 2022.
“There will be no Democracy without Nigerians, the power to get the best leaders in 2023 will be in the hands of Nigerians; we should arise from our slumber and demand that INEC should extend the Voter’s card registration to September 2022.
“Starting from 12th June 2022, Nigerians should use peaceful mediums and constitutional ways to pressurize INEC to extend the time of the Voter’s registration exercise till September 2022.
“Our message to Nigerians on 2022 Democracy Day, is to take back Nigeria from the hands of corrupt politicians/
“We must prove to them that the labor of our heroes past shall not be in vain, Atiku, Tinubu, and Obi should be summoned by youths, Civil Rights organizations and religious organizations for a debate on issues of Nigeria’s Security, Economy, and Education, Nigerians should end a sick and antiquated President from Aso Rock in 2023 with their PVCs.”