Delist Underage Voters Now, Akinjide Urges INEC

A former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to remove the names of underage children who registered to vote in the northern part of the country.

Akinjide made the call on Thursday during the 2018 Peoples Democratic Party Youth summit, which was held in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The meeting, which had in attendance hundreds of youths from across the 351 wards of Oyo State, unanimously called on INEC to scrutinise the voter register and delete names of those who were not eligible to vote.

Akinjide, who commended the restiveness of Nigerian youths over the years, said, “When youths are involved in politics, they are on the right track to progress. Youths should make a difference. I want youths to make a success of their participation in politics. And the INEC should provide a fertile ground for democracy to thrive. INEC should take all reasonable steps for democracy to work in Nigeria. It should not only promise what is right, it must convincingly be seen as doing so.

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“One of the surest ways to go about this is by disinfecting the system from its moral virus by disallowing underage voters or by stopping aliens from neighbouring countries from getting Permanent Voter Cards which, in most places, are not even accessible to eligible Nigerian voters.”

Present at the summit were a former Majority leader, House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande-Adeola; Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli; and the PDP National Youth leader, Udeh Okoye, among others.

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