Verify candidates’ achievements before voting, CSO advises Nigerians

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A human society organization operating under the auspices of Collective Action Movement for Democratic Values and Environmental has advised Nigerians to check the accuracy of presidential candidates’ claims regarding their prior achievements in office before casting their ballots in the general elections of 2023.

The group added that President Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s signature of the Electoral Act of 2022 was his greatest legacy (retd.).

The National Association of Northern Nigerian Students honored the CAMDVES chairman, Emmanuel Akuba, with an award for excellence shortly after, according to an interview with journalists in Abuja.

He claimed that the 2023 elections will not be as usual since the new Electoral Act would make it impossible for any politician to manipulate the upcoming general election.
Akuba said Nigerians would no longer accept false claims made by candidates regarding their past achievements, adding that the citizens would ensure they vote for candidates with a proven track record in 2023.

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He said, “This is not time to be docile. There can’t be development in the country if we don’t get our political decisions right. Elections as started and most of those who take us for granted are coming back.

“I want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari who is leading a government that has made us believe in the electoral process by signing the Electoral act 2022 which means our votes will count.
“The Electoral Act which in my own view is not being celebrated the way it ought to. The greatest achievement the Buhari administration gave to us was the electoral act. We are talking about how leaders emerge and we have now been given that weapon where the Permanent Voter Cards is the greatest power right now not even the bullet.

“So, through the democratic process, we are taking back our country. We are going to the grassroots to let them know that the power is in their hands and we such consciousness gets to that height the right leaders would emerge.

“The candidates are coming up with their programmes but I want to appeal to Nigerians that we must verify claims made by these candidates. You can’t cant just come and start giving us achievements. We will verify them, thank God one of them has asked us to verify their claims. We will do that.”
He commended the leadership of the students for finding him worthy for the award.

Akuba said, “I feel elated that some young men and women could identify potentials and achievements and even share in the Nigerian dream and like I said, we will all be a working together and raising the political consciousness of the average people through our platform.”

The President of NANNS, Hassan Usman, said the award was in appreciation to Akuba’s philanthropic activities and contributions to course of humanity in Nigeria.

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While stating that the unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised, and is non negotiable, Usman said, “A team was constituted and of course, an independent survey was conducted on which confirmed Akuba’s contribution to humanity helping the less privileged, creating job opportunities for the teeming youth and of course, unemployed Nigerians. So we deemed it fit and necessary to tell him a very big thank and tell him to continue to do more.”

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