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Introduce Diaspora Voting, South Africa-Based Nigerian Urges FG

A South Africa-based Nigerian security expert, Mr Debo Adesina, has urged the Federal Government to evolve policies that would enable Nigerians living abroad to vote during elections.
Adesina told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Monday that there were Nigerians living abroad who should be given the opportunity to participate in the electoral process in the country through voting.
He said that Nigerians in the Diaspora had contributed to the growth of the nation`s Gross National Product (GDP) and should be allowed to be part of elections in the country.
“ I think that the time is ripe for Diaspora voting. The population of our people living abroad is increasing daily and if given the opportunity to vote, it will give them a sense of belonging,” he said.
Adesina said that Nigerians abroad should be given the slot of a “37th state’’ in the country because they formed a sizeable number, with many votes that could count during elections.
“ What we want government to do now is to give Nigerians abroad Permanent Voter Cards same way it did for Bank Verification Numbers. We want to vote because as Nigerians, it is our right to choose our leaders,” he said.
Adesina is Vice Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South Africa chapter. He attended Saturday`s national convention of the party in Port Harcourt.
He said the seven-member committee set up to organise a fresh convention for the party was “a step in the right direction’’.
“ I believe our voice will be heard under the new leadership and we will come up with the way forward for our great party,” he said.
Adesina urged party members to support the Ahmed Makarfi-led committee to unite the party. (NAN)

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