The General elections in Nigeria for the Presidency, senatorial and House of representatives were conducted yesterday, 23rd of February, 2019.
As a serving corps member in Niger state, I decided to volunteer in the general elections as an ad-hoc staff. Now I think about it, I think it was just out of sheer curiosity of being an insider.
The date set was around the corner, and we were asked to resume at our registration area centres the day before to receive materials that will be needed for the elections.
I packed a few things in my knapsack and resumed as requested.
The registration area centre was a primary school.
The materials had already been sorted out according to each voting point/polling unit.
Mats were given out to corps members and other ad-hoc staff. We were meant to sleep at the registration area before setting off to go to our various polling units.
The next day, which was the D-day we were issued the sensitive materials for our various polling units. The time had come to do the job we had been trained to do.
Being on the field was nothing like the classroom tutorials we had received. I had to work with my instincts and discretion because I was on my own, and I couldn’t afford to make mistakes to avoid being attacked for favouring a political party.
At the end of the day, the percentage of those who came out to vote was about 35%. And every single vote was accounted for and collated.
I am here to tell you that the greatest scam as a Nigerian is to deceive yourself into thinking your votes don’t count because they do.
People volunteered themselves round the federation, knowing fully well about the risk involved just for you to come out and vote.
If you don’t come out in numbers to vote the right choice, you don’t have the right to complain about who wins.
The General elections has come and gone and it has brought a lot of mixed feelings. Some people are happy for their candidates who won in their polling unit, some are devastated at their candidate’s loss while some are mourning the loss of their children and family members who lost their lives yesterday as a result of violence.
My heart goes out to the families of the corps members and other persons who lost their lives yesterday. Nigeria failed them but their death should not be in vain.
I think regardless of whoever is announced as the winner, we should all be sober and reflect on our Democracy as a nation.