Mr Lawal Ayoola, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Scandinavia has said that Nigerians living abroad would like to vote in the 2019 election.
Ayoola made the assertion on the sidelines of a bi-partisan discussion titled: Nigeria`s 2019 Election, The Importance of Youth and Diaspora Participation at the House of Parliament, Westminister London.
He told newsmen on the telephone from London that Nigerian youths in Diaspora want their voices to be heard.
“ The attendance and the questions from the youths convincingly tell that Nigerian youths in Diaspora are desperate for the change in the country and they want to be part of the needed change. They want their voices heard,” he said.
Ayoola said that before the 2015 election, Prof. Jega, then chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), called for the amendment of the constitution to allow Nigerians in the Diaspora of voting age to participate.
“ Till date, will are still waiting for his recommendation to come to past,” he said.
The chairman said that in spite of several calls by Nigerians living in the Diaspora and friends of Diaspora Nigerians in the legislative arm to actualise Diaspora voting, it had failed to see the light of the day.
He said that Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the House Representatives, who spoke in London, had advised Nigerians in the Diaspora to seek legal approach in actualising their right to vote.
“ I hope and pray that if we in the Diaspora could act fast and put into active mode the advice of Hon. Gbajabiamila, the judiciary expedient action, then over 20 million Nigerians living abroad will not be disenfranchised come 2019, Ayoola said.
He charged the youths to be committed to politics instead showing interest in the election and elective positions.
.“. We can not stick to the honey-pots in the Diaspora and want power back home in order to effect the desired changes to make Nigeria great again, we must be willing to give it all, The chairman said.