By Chukwudi Nweje
A political support group, Asiwaju Grassroots Talk (AGT), loyal to the presidential bid of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at the weekend stated that the future of Nigeria laid in eligible voters casting their votes in 2023.
The group which is on a state-wide mobilisation and sensitisation tour of the 57 local government areas (LGAs) and local council development areas (LCDAs) of Lagos State noted that the state-wide rally on Lagos Historical National Voting Fortune, with the theme, ‘Political Evangelism: Raising Active Voters above 50 Per cent’ is geared towards educating voters on the need to vote at the 2023 general elections.
Coordinator General of AGT, Dr. Abdulhakeem Adetugbobo, who spoke at the Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) vowed to change the electoral fortune of the state by increasing voters’ participation in the state by 50 per cent.
He noted that the seminar became necessary because many eligible voters in Lagos State do not vote at the election.
He said, “We are going around the 57 LGAs and LCDAs, it is an evangelical seminar. We have realised that since 1999, the electoral fortune of Lagos State has been less than 25 per cent of the registered voters. Our research showed that many of the critical stakeholders do not come out to vote.
“So, we are here to educate the people on why they should exercise their franchise. Here in Lagos State we are opportune to produce the presidential candidate of the largest party in Africa, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and we believe that the best thing we can do as a state is to mobilise the people for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. We started well by mobilising the people during the continuous voters registration exercise; you are aware that Lagos State accounted for the highest number of registrants of over seven million fresh registration.
“We believe we should leverage on this so that Lagos State has the highest vote fortune across the country, that is why we are on this state-wide seminar.
“The seminar is also to encourage these new registrants to go and collect their permanent voters card (PVC), and also vote.”
In her contribution, Alhaja Olusola Tokumo, APC chair in Ojodu LCDA, noted that apart from sensitising the people, the seminar is also geared towards convincing non-APC members on why they should support Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for the 2023 presidency.