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Yakubu Dogara: BVAS’ Success Will Secure Buhari’s Legacy As A Democrat

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Five days after defecting from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara on Saturday commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the implementation of “radical” electoral reforms by his administration.

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Yakubu Dogara Says BVAS’ Success Will Secure Buhari’s Legacy As A Democrat

Dogara gave the commendation at the 12th convocation of Achievers University in Ondo State.

He singled out the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) which is expected to rid irregularities in next year’s highly anticipated elections.

“As we approach the elections to choose another set of leaders, we must apply radical solutions to solving our leadership problems,” Dogara said during his address as the university’s chancellor.

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He explained that being radical meant shunning violence and vote-buying while impressing a peaceful electoral process that entailed orderliness and voting according to one’s conscience.

“In this regard, permit me to commend Mr. President – President Muhammadu Buhari – for ensuring a service from my heart, radical reforms in the electoral process for votes to count, especially with regard to the use of BVAS,” the former Speaker said.

“If he follows through (with) this and walks his talk, he would bequeath to us a democratic legacy that has no parallels in Africa. I, therefore, say that Mr. President has a date with history and he can truly be a hero for democracy if he ensures that our votes count.”

“And truly thereafter, we can now beat our chests and say, ‘We have elected leaders because our votes count and we have the leadership that we deserve. So, it may as well be a challenge to ensure that we follow through (with) the reforms and ensure that we carry them across the finish line.”

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Addressing the graduands, he charged them to remember that their power is their vote, which according to him is also their future. He urged the students not to sell their votes nor “keep it in your room.”

“You must use it. Participate by coming out massively to vote for your conscience,” he added.

In other news, Kanyi Daily reported a Nigerian writer and filmmaker, Onyeka Nwelue has said he can never live in Nigeria.

According to him, he can live in the country even if Jesus Christ, “Amadioha” and other saints take over Aso Rock, Nigeria’s seat of power.

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