Voter apathy during Nigeria general elections

There is a problem in the south. And it is the problem of voter apathy during general elections. The malaise is so deeply ingrained and endemic, especially amongst the womenfolk, that it calls for an emergency response.

For the past two weeks, I have been engaged in a vigorous campaign to encourage people to go out and exercise their franchise in the upcoming general elections.

While the menfolk are malleable and easier to convince into carrying out this all-important civic duty, the womenfolk, for the large part, has repeatedly shown a sheer nonchalance to the whole exercise.

I spoke with a couple of ladies this morning about their choices in tomorrow’s election, and while a majority aligned with a particular candidate, most of them insisted they won’t go out to vote.

When I pressed further, the response was either because they thought the votes won’t count or they feared the threats of violence.

It took me considerable effort to convince them that mere expression of interest in a particular candidate does not suffice if they end up not casting their ballots for the said candidate. And that they needed to vote if they desired actual change in the current situation of things.

This apathy to election matters is what, in part, cost Goodluck Jonathan the elections in 2015. While the majority in the north, including their cows, camels and what have you, were mobilised to join the voting queues, our brothers and sisters in the south were either sitting starry-eyed in front of their TV sets or tuning in to different radio stations in their homes, awaiting the final results.

Some were fixated with their mobile phones, running commentaries online about the outcomes instead of going out to cast their votes. And when the results did come in, it resulted in the enthronement of the worst government in this country since 1984.

See, this time around, we need to take our destinies into our hands. And it starts with us going out en masse, both men and women, to cast our votes tomorrow for a better future.

Don’t sit in the comforts of your homes, arms akimbo, and declare in exasperation that your votes won’t count.

They will, but only if you cast them. Election permutations on social media or internet discussion forums don’t translate to actual votes; they remain simple idle talks.

We have an opportunity to reclaim this country from the grip of an evil cabal that has impoverished, subjugated, and bastardised our collective humanity. We are faced with a battle for the soul of this very nation. And we cannot win that war if we do not engage it with the ultimate weapon at our disposal, our PVCs.

As the man of the house, you owe this nation a duty to mobilise your household, including your wives, concubines, girlfriends, and whatnot to cast their votes for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar tomorrow.

Now, make no mistake about it; Atiku is not the promised Messiah, but cast side by side with the main opposition candidate in this election, he is the best deal we have got.

A vote for any other candidate outside Atiku Abubakar is a vote for the continuation of Buhari’s incompetent maladministration that has, in just four years, resulted in the decimation of every bit of the unifying substances that bound us together as a nation.

We owe not just ourselves but our unborn generation a duty to set the course of history straight and amend a historic mistake that was made in 2015. Let’s not let this opportunity slide by. A vote for the Atiku/Obi ticket is a vote for progressiveness, emancipation from poverty, reclamation of our collective humanity, and a vote for continued nationhood.

Let’s not allow this encroaching darkness envelop us all. Let’s come out en masse tomorrow and reclaim this nation. Let’s vote in Atiku to make this country work again.

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