The Anambra State Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Charles Nwoji, has urged the electorate in the state to be extremely civil during the March 18 elections for the Anambra State House of Assembly.
He stated that the rescheduled March 18, 2023, election has been described as one project that Nigerians should hold as a mission very important to positively change the country’s political narratives by casting their votes wisely.
Nwoji made the revelation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Awka.
He also revealed that the agency has visited over 180 communities in the state to educate voters and sensitise voters on the proper voting process and conduct for a successful election.
Nwoji said that the agency paid an advocacy visit to stakeholders of the state communities, traditional rulers, religious bodies, non-indigenes, youth and women oraginsations as part of the agency’s third phase of the voter education.
He said that such a visit was extended to the Leader of the Hausa Community, Alhaji Garba Haruna, and described the Hausa Community in Anambra State as a very strategic segment of the State population.
“We ensured that the advocacy visit was scattered as was directed by the Director-General of the Agency in Abuja, Dr. Garba Abari, that all State Directors in the 36 States and Abuja should reach out to the heads of the Social, Markets and Religious Groups in the Country.
“The main goal of the advocacy visit was to reason with leaders of various groups for them to urge their subjects to come out en masse to cast their votes for their desired candidates on Saturday.
Nwoji said that the leaders needed to talk to their people and let them understand that they have the power to change the ugly situations in the country through their votes, and not killing each other.
He said that all the leaders needed to persuade their subjects and their family members, especially those in the different Markets and social associations, to shun all forms of violence as they go out to cast their votes on election day.
Nwoji urged electorate not resort to blood letting in the course of the election because this is not a war but to elect people who would make quality laws and pray for the spirit of sportsmanship.
He encouraged voters in the state to ensure that they partake actively in the Anambra House of Assembly Election on Saturday. (NAN)