The Nigeria Voters Assembly (VOTAS) has concluded arrangements to sponsor candidates for future elections in the country as it could no more afford to remain apolitical in the face of mounting social and economic problems requiring political solutions.
A statement signed by its Director of Research, Comrade Mayokun Akinsiku noted that the Assembly will no longer seat on the fence again and watch the masses being misruled.
The statement therefore promised to assume its constitutional rights as embedded in the 1999 Constitution sections 14(2a) 14(2c) and section 40 which states that: “Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party,trade union or any other association for the protection of his interests:
“Provided that the provisions of this section shall not derogate from the powers conferred by this Constitution on the Independent National Electoral Commission with respect to political parties to which that Commission does not accord recognition”.
It noted that the Assembly which consists of credible members of voting age, will be allowed to join any progressive party of their choice.
It also added that VOTAS has identified some serving political office holders who are performing far below expectations in their various constituencies and have decided to sponsor credible candidates to contest elections in such areas.