By Douglas Okoro
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs Mercy Nkwegu, says that sustained voter education is critical to addressing voter apathy especially in rural communities.
Nkwegu, wife of the former governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the 2015 elections, made this submission in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki.
She said that voter education was critical in mobilising the electorate especially those in rural communities to be able to make informed decisions and also participate actively in the electoral process.
Nkwegu, who linked the low rate of collection of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Ebonyi with voter apathy, called for sustained voter education to address the problem.
She said that it was the responsibility of leaders at various levels including, political party, religious and community leaders as well as critical stakeholders to constantly educate the people on need to participate in the political process.
Nkwegu said that women leaders in the party had been enjoined to embark on mass sensitisation and mobilisation of rural women ahead of 2019 election.
“Women leaders in APC have been urged to move into their various wards to educate, sensitise and mobilise grassroots women to actively participate in the 2019 general elections in Ebonyi.
“The low rate of PVCs collection in the state is worrisome and there is every need to take a bold and pragmatic steps to mobilize Ebonyi electorate especially those in the rural areas to go and collect their PVCs.
“It is only the PVC that qualifies a person to participate in choosing their elected leaders, ” Nkwegu said.
She commended the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari for standing by Nigerian women and for giving women opportunity to showcase their leadership potential.