By OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE All Progressives Congress (APC) in the United States is intensifying plans to enable millions of Nigerians in the Diaspora to vote in the next general election.
Francis John, APC USA Coordinator, disclosed a delegation was being formed in that regard.
“A high-powered Diaspora Nigerians’ delegation is being constituted, to follow-up with the current Chairman in Abuja our preparedness to vote by 2019,” he said on Monday.
He said before now and at the advent of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, they had been signifying interest to vote.
“All to no avail from the Presidency, National Assembly and INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission), including, previous submissions to Prof. Attahiru Jega and Hajiya Amina Zakari,” said John.
He said technology could be harnessed to enable a Diaspora vote.
“Remarkably, we commended the successes of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) and Bank Verification Numbers (BVN), as for us, this is a ground breaking historical achievement witnessed in any poll since the commencement of democracy in Nigeria,” said John.
“We predict, both scenarios should transcend to Diaspora Nigerians voting by 2019; because either or both scenarios if merged, will facilitate Diaspora Voting and of cause makes it hitch free. Couple with the fact we are in an organized society where technology checks and balances is available.”
John said to recapitulate Diaspora voting by 2019, the organisation therefore offered to play any role given.
“Our offer is complimentary, signifies willingness and partnership commencement among other needs. Besides, if permitted, we are able to raise enough resources and contact relevant agencies, such as: US Department of States, United Nations, Nigerian Embassies, stakeholders etc., for collaborations.”
He said nevertheless, Diaspora Nigerians had the technical know-how-expertise and to build on whatever roles are accorded.
– CAJ News