Thursday, 26 March 2015

Stay To Defend Your Votes Fashola Urges Lagosians

The Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has asked Lagosians to come out on Saturday in clean attires, vote and defend their votes by staying at the polling units until the results are announced. Fashola told them that it was what the law demands and that Lagosians should ignore authorities who have turned the law upside down by asking citizens to stay 300metres away from the polling units after voting.

He also challenged some Yoruba leaders of sell out saying, the good news is however that Nigerians are ready for change and they cannot influence that. Gov. Fashola made these statements yesterday at the APC campaign rally in Shomolu Local Government while addressing party members on seat.  His very words are unveiled after the cut...

“The Yorubas need to think. Some Yoruba leaders have betrayed us-the Yoruba people because of money. 
‘’This election is for freedom. And this was how it happened in the past which prompted the late Herbert Ogunde, who titled one of his songs ‘Yoruba think.’ The money is blood money. And posterity will judge them for that action.” 
“This will be the first time since independence that Nigerians will be changing a government that has failed to perform its responsibilities to its citizens. Previously, it is the military that does that for us.”
“There is nothing that stops you from waiting at the polling units after casting your vote. But the electoral law prohibits campaign for vote at the polling units. 
“Asking electorate to stay 300 meters away from the polling units is like asking one to stay away from the polling units three times the length of a football field. And one cannot see what is happening.
 “Those who said you should stay away from the polling units are reading the electoral act wrongly. And thus shows clearly their plan to rig the election.

He continued…

“Before you leave home on Saturday, the first thing you should do is to wash your hands so that the card readers can recognize your finger print. Also on that day, dress well and call others when going to the polling units; its our mandate.
“After you have been accredited and you have cast your vote, stay where you can see how the voting process is going on. 
“It is not only the political parties that have interest in the electoral process. Citizens who aren’t affiliated to any of the political parties also have interest in the outcome of the polls at where you voted and generally (nation-wide). 
“Don’t fight with anyone at the polling units. The electoral act says that once the voting is completed in each of the polling units, the electoral officer must count the vote and announce the result to the residents. 
“And that is how it is stated in the electoral law. If the residents are not there, who will the electoral officers announce the result of the election to. Stay close to the polling units and please don’t disrupt the election process,” he said.

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