As the March 23 date for the supplementary elections in Nigeria approaches, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged Nigerians in the states where the exercise will take place to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The supplementary elections will take place in six states of Nigeria where the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared last Saturday’s gubernatorial election inconclusive.
Vice President Osinbajo spoke Thursday evening at the Dinner held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for volunteers who canvassed for votes for the APC during the campaigns for this year’s general election.
“We are still not done with the elections.
“On the 23rd of March, we still have some outstanding states and as you know we are re-running in about six states.
“And all of the efforts we need to put into those six states, we still need to do.
“We can’t afford to slack off and say the job is done; we still have some things to do.
Recalling the experiences he had during this year’s electioneering, Professor Osinbajo said his encounter with Nigerians as he crisscrossed the country, campaigning for votes, showed that Nigerians are so trusting and supportive of their leaders.
“I think that one of the main characteristics of the Nigerian is how so supportive and trusting many of our people are and they don’t ask us for too much.
“They never really ask for anything that is impossible to do.
“And that’s why, for many of us that went around this country, we realized the tremendous amount of work that there is to do and our capacity to do so much work.
“What our people need, as we discovered, isn’t that much.
“As a matter of fact, I do not know any nation where the people are so generous no matter how poor they are.
Vice President Osinbajo said there was need for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to connect more with the people.
“It just struck me that what we really need to do a lot more is to connect with the people.
“All the people need is opportunity for us to interact with them.
“We should have a way by which everybody is involved one way or the other.
“One of the complaints that people made about our government is that we were not communicating enough and that people did not know what had done.”
The vice president acknowledged that the diligent communication carried out to put across the APC message in 2015 was not sustained, making the administration lose some ground to the opposition, especially in the social media.
He said the new administration would ensure that it makes change in that regard.
Osinbajo said that he would take up everyone who has challenged the administration on the issue with a view to getting its communication of programmes and policies better.
Speaking at the event, the APC Woman Leader, Salamatu Eluma, commended the volunteers for believing in the vision of the President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo and working for their re-election.
Earlier, the Deputy Chief of Staff in the State House, Ade Ipaye, said the volunteers worked during the campaigns to demonstrate the integrity and capability of the candidates of the APC.
He said the event was organized to appreciate them for the work they did in selling the policies and programmes of the administration to the Nigerian electorate.
Goodwill messages were delivered at the event by leaders of the various volunteer groups that worked during the campaigns.