By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— Nigerians have been urged to participate in the voter registration exercise, as the coming elections would largely define the future of the country. In a statement, weekend, in Port Harcourt by the Trade Union Congress, TUC, the body also urged Nigerians to vote for the candidates of their choice in the elections.
TUC in a statement by Chairman Rivers State chapter, Mr Chika Unuegbu and the Abuja chapter Chairman, Mr Aliyu Musa, said “the 2011 elections will be a key deciding factor as to whether the next 50 years will bring hope and succour to Nigerians. Accordingly, all Nigerians of 18 years and above, should as a matter of utmost importance, ensure that they are registered in the forthcoming voters registration exercise.
“They should also ensure that they vote for candidates of their choice based on their conscience, antecedents of the candidates, and manifesto. Most importantly, they should ensure that they vote out corrupt leaders/candidates and ensure that they vote for leaders/candidates, who can win the war against corruption.
Such leaders/candidates will usually have impeccable records and the will power to prosecute the fight against corruption. Such leaders/candidates will not surround themselves with corrupt lieutenants.
“This is based on our believe that except corruption is eliminated or drastically reduced in Nigeria, all efforts at and hopes of a better and great Nigeria will be dashed,” they added.
“Candidates seeking political offices, their supporters and politicians generally should ensure that they play by the rules.”
ALL the security agencies must prepare adequately to ensure that the 2011 elections are not marred by violence and that Nigerians are not discouraged from participating in the 2011 elections either as voters or candidates because of insecurity.”
The body also hailed the Rivers state government for bringing the state to the path of peace just as it tasked labour leaders round the country to contribute to the process of a successful election next year.