By; KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
In an effort to make sure free, fair and credible elections are put in place during any electoral act in Nigeria, the Polling Units Ambassadors of Nigeria (PUAN) has inaugurated and sworn-in its Kaduna State chapter executive members to officially represent the organization at the state and zonal levels.
Speaking at the event, the Ambassador General of PUAN, Amb Capt. Dabas Suleiman explained that the organized Polling Unit Electoral Structure (PUES) by PUAN is designed with the goal to discourage all forms of electoral malpractices at polling units, chase out unproductive and retrogressive politicians and encourage massive participation of polling unit electorate in enthroning good democratic governance.
He added that polling unit electorate have been identified as vital electoral structure for the survival of any democracy and the organization is to encourage the electorate not only to vote for their preferred candidates, but to also monitor and evaluate the activities of the elected officials for the period of their political tenure in office.
He said, “the core mandate of the Polling Unitnit Ambassadors of Nigeria is to educate, sensitize and mobilize eligible voters to see their PVCs as their power to enthrone good governance, thereby making wise and informed electoral choices.”
Amb. Suleiman also disclosed that the organization came with a 25 year mandate that will change the Nigerian political narrative, by extension Africa; for the greater good of the people by the idea to organize and ensure generation of eligible voters who are conscious of their electoral rights, to raise polling unit electorate that would vote with focus and impress the democratic principle that resides power with the people by the slogan, “My Vote, My Choice, and My Power”.
Furthermore, he explained that PUAN is not a partisan organization and it is an African project that pilots a case in Nigeria while it has its ambassadors mobilized all over the 119,973 polling units in the country with a solid structure at the national, zonal, state, area and ward levels to observe and report live electoral proceedings at the 2019 general elections and beyond, post elections assignment nationwide and by extension, they are already working towards the 2023 general elections.
“PUAN is a registered organization with the CAC and INEC respectively, while a self sponsored organization, it’s aspiring to become a house hold name in Nigeria that will be known to have brought a political revolution through grassroots awareness and it remains committed to its noble cause,” he said.
Meanwhile, in his presentation, the Secretary General, Amb. Prince Osa Osaghae narrated that through their sensitization and mobilization strategy at the polling unit communities, the electorate will come to understand how their votes become a viable tool in a democratic system of governance to elect leaders that will better the welfare and livelihood of their constituencies.
According to him, the electorate will also discover that elected leaders under democratic system are meant to serve and by all means be accountable to them.
He said, “the electorate will be more united than ever in their decision to corporately effect a change when an elected leader performs in office below expectation.
“The communities are also sensitized to know that every politically elected officer must be appraised, and their works evaluated and monitored in conformity with their political manifesto’s and campaign promises.
“If on the contrary the elected officer does not measure up to the expectations, the people at the polling unit communities will be mobilized in one accord to effect a change and establish the fact that power resides permanently with the people.”
In his remarks on behalf of the newly sworn-in state executive members, the Kaduna State chapter leader, Ambassador Umar Umar Mustapha appreciated efforts made by the national executive leaders to ensure they were on ground to grace the occasion, and also extended gratitude to the state excos for making all efforts that lead to the success of the inauguration.
The Non Governmental Organization PUAN is aimed at monitoring and sensitizing electoral act and ensure electorate are saddled with the responsibility of taking pragmatic political revolutionary steps towards building a polling unit electoral structures at each of the 119,973 polling units across the country.