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Postponement, an act of God — Bakassi people, Ita-Giwa

By Dapo Akinrefon

Former Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa has described the postponement as an act of God that will enable the people of Bakassi to exercise their franchise.

According to her, the rescheduled poll “will enable her people collect their Permanent Voters Cards and elect their preferred leaders.”

Ita-Giwa, in a statement, said that if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had gone ahead with the earlier dates, the Bakassi people would have been disenfranchised “because over 70 per cent have not collected their PVCs”.

The statement reads: “The poll postponement is a blessing because it will now afford my people the opportunity of voting on March 28 and in April.  The few that have collected theirs are those that are in the refugee camp and their neighbours.

“Thousands from the Southern part of Bakassi who left for Cameroon just to earn income since they are all fishermen registered at Dayspring and they are willing to return to get their PVCs and vote at Dayspring. Now, that the borders are open and the sea is sailable, I have started arranging boats to convey them so they can come and collect their PvC’s. Over 5,000 of us cannot and should not be disenfranchised.

“They are all keen to return home as soon as the federal government develops the Dayspring Island and until then.”

“So, now, you see that the postponement has given us ample time to complete the town hall and make it very habitable for my people and electoral officers that will come there.”



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