Vote candidates of your choice, says Arewa unity association

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By Mohammad Tijjani
#TrackNigeria: The Arewa People Unity Association (APUA) on Wednesday urged Nigerians to vote for candidates of their choice in a peaceful manner in the Feb. 16 and March 2 elections.

The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu gave the advice at a one-day sensitisation and awareness workshop for women, youth and other stakeholders in Kaduna.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report that the theme of the workshop was:  “Free, peaceful, credible 2019 general elections for better tomorrow.’’

NAN also report that the chairman was represented by Mr Mamman Ali, a former member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

Aliyu said: “Let us vote for candidates of our choice because that is what democracy is all about.

“And let me say this, we should vote on the basis of our convictions: merit, integrity and the credibility of the individual candidate.

“We should not vote on the basis of religion and ethnic considerations. We should vote on the basis of credibility and the need to move Nigeria forward.’’

He said election was not a do or die affair but casting vote for candidate or candidates that could deliver the dividend of democracy.

“It is expected that on Feb.16, when we go out in order to cast our vote for the presidential and national assembly elections, each of us is expected to conduct his or her self peacefully.’’

Also speaking, Dr Sulaiman Muhammad, one of the guests at the workshop, said all those eligible are allowed by the constitution to vote based on his or her conviction.

“Most importantly we should understand that, if there is no peace, there will be no progress.”

In a paper presentation, Dr Shattima Ali, the Managing Director, Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, said a free, peaceful and credible election was better for everyone.  (NAN)

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