The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland and His Majesty Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has called on the indigenes of Ogun State to take voters registration more serious than ever before.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo made the plea when receiving a delegation of Voters Education Department of the Independent Nigeria Electoral Commission, INEC in Abeokuta.
The Egba Monarch disclosed to the INEC Officials that he had always been personally and actively involved in assisting the electoral body to mobilize eligible voters to register and observe their civic responsibility.
The Alake warned eligible voters that they should not wait until the last sixty days until the end of the exercise before rushing to register as it might be too cumbersome at that time.
He also expressed his displeasure at the attitude of some voters selling their voters card to politicians for whatever amount, adding that such actions was tantamount to selling their freedom and right to choose who they preferred to represent and govern them.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo also warned eligible voters especially in Egbaland not to fail to register and collect their voters cards because the relative large voter population advantage in the six Egba Local Governments might turn out to be a disadvantage.
The Alake also commended the INEC in Ogun State, as well as the national level, for their results oriented voters education, adding that they should not relent in their task of ensuring that all eligible voters are registered and voters cards given to them.
Speaking earlier the leader of the voters education, Mrs Adenike Tadashe appreciated the Egba Paramount Rulers for his past and present fatherly and leadership role in ensuring that people around him registered as voters.
Mrs Adenike Tadashe disclosed that, in order to ensure that more people were registered throughout Ogun State, additional 20 Registration Centres had been approved and were in operation.
On the complaint that those that registered since 2015 were yet to collect their voters card, she revealed that periodical announcements were being made to invite the registered voters to collect their permanent documents in the designated Centres, explaining that corrections were made to ensure that those that had problems with their registration eventually got their permanent voters cards.
Mrs Adenike Tadashe reassured the Alake that INEC would not relent in its effort in ensuring that all eligible voters were registered in Ogun State.
Among the entourage of the INEC officers were Olori Adenike Tadashe HOD, Mrs Adeola Osikomaya Gender Officer, Mrs Lara Onabajo Voters’ Education Officer, Mr Opeyemi Ajayi CSO, Mr Dansu Ronald, Media and Publicity Officer, Itunu Faleye, Protocol Officer and Miss Rita Adesina.
The Egba Oba and Chiefs that joined the Alake in receiving the INEC Officers were Onijaiye of Ijaye Titun, Oba Nofiu Otunba; the Bobagbero, Chief Lanre Adebo; and the Aare Baaroyin, Olootu Layi Labode.
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