The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has urged Igbos to seize the opportunity provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to register in the ongoing online voter’s registration despite the agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra.

Speaking through a statement jointly signed by Okwu Nnabuike, President-General of the OYC and Obinna Achionye, Secretary-General, in Enugu State on Friday, called on all eligible youths within the South-East and are above 18 years to actively participate in the exercise.

On June 28th, INEC started its ongoing CVR on an online level June 28 nationwide on its registration portal – https://cvr.inecnigeria.org.

The statement reads: “It is a golden opportunity to right the wrongs we inflicted on ourselves in the past.

“The various agitating groups should not stop people from taking part in the ongoing exercise, as even referendums require one form of identification or the other.

“We call on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Biafra International Movement (BIM) and Zionists to allow their members take part in the exercise; they should please key into this ongoing exercise’’.

The group also registered it’s support for the Southern Nigeria Governors over their stand on open grazing, the 2023 presidency, as well as electronic transmission of election results.

“We align ourselves with the decision of the governors on electronic transmission of results; in fact, it should start from the governorship election in Anambra State this year.

“Nigerians have been engaging in all manner of electronic registration, including the NIN, voters registration, among others.

“We see no reason anyone should be scared of electronic transmission of election results, only the guilty are afraid.

“So, we urge the Senate not to delay in returning that provision to the Electoral Act, as anything short of that would be unacceptable,’’ it added.

The schedule of appointments for online registrants and physical CVR at INEC state and local government offices nationwide is expected to commence on July 19. 

Source: People’s Gazette

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