Go out and vote or else…! Rev Fr. Kukah warns Anambra voters ahead polls

Go out and vote or else…! Rev Fr. Kukah warns Anambra voters ahead polls 2

By Kalu Onyemaechi

Matthew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto diocese, has warned that voter apathy in the Anambra governorship election will have severe consequences.

The governorship election in the south-east state is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 6.

Kukah, who spoke on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Wednesday, said voter apathy will be detrimental to the development of the state.

“Voter apathy is rampant across the world but voter apathy in Africa and Nigeria has consequences,” Kakah said.

“It is not like the United States and other settled democracies where whether you vote or not, things happen to run on fine. Whether you elect the right person or not, it will not affect the level of education and health that they have in their environment.

“But for us in Nigeria and in Africa, election is war, a battle of life and survival. In part because if you vote for the wrong person, you could easily become a small dot in a big circle.

“You vote for the wrong person, you could easily end up with no road in your village, or school or health care facility.”

Kukah said the most important factor to consider in describing an election as free, fair and credible is if there is no fatality.

“The most important parameter to consider the election a success is that nobody needs to lose their life,” Kakah continues.

“Too many Nigerians have died unnecessarily. The most important thing is to make sure that nobody loses their life, nobody suffers any unwanted injury.

“It is the responsibility of INEC. The commission has a threshold that constitutes all we can consider free, fair and credible elections.

“But for me, over and above the election won’t be free, fair and credible if one person loses his life.” Kakah said.

The 69-year-old vocal and influence Catholic Bishop, who has never hesitated in lending his voice to the affairs of governance, has also go ahead to urge Anambra voters to exercise their franchise in spite of fears of insecurity in the state.

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