The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has been charged to intensify its voter education ahead of the March 9 governorship and state assemblies polls in the country.
Mr Godwin Ezeemo, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Umuchu, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra state, gave the charge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in his Umuchu country home on Monday.
Ezeemo said that the agency had enormous responsibility to re-orientate the electorate on the need to participate actively in the electoral process.
He further charged the agency to mount a serious campaign against vote buying by politicians.
“The agency should also educate the electorate to appreciate the enormous power they weild with their permanent voter cards (PVCs).
“People should be taught how to use the power of their PVC to elect credible leaders, who would help to transform the nation and make life more meaningful for the citizenry.
“Our people, especially the youths, should also be taught to shun political thuggery and all forms of violence during the polls,” Ezeemo said.
He further charged NOA to sensitize and encourage the electorate to come out enmasse on March 9 to elect their governors and House of Assembly representatives.
He admonished Nigerians not to succumb to apathy which, he said, might have resulted from the outcome of the Presidential and National Assembly polls.
Ezeemo urged the electorate to see their participation in the electoral process as a civic duty, “which they must perform no matter the provocation.”
He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that the logistics for the election were adequately put in place to ensure a hitch-free and successful exercise.
The PDP chieftain appealed to Anambra people to vote massively for all the PDP candidates for the House of Assembly election for a more quality representation.
According to him, “quality and knowledgeable representatives in the assembly would produce quality legislations that would not only have a human face but create an enabling environment for rapid socio-economic development of the state. (NNN)