Few days to the presidential elections, the Buhari Support Organization (BSO) at the weekend organized a one-day workshop, Training the Trainners in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to educate the voters.
Paricipants were drawn from Osun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti States.
Speaking at the event, the Coordinator of the Buhari Support Organization in the Southwest, Peince Felix Awofisayo, said the programme should not be seen as an academic exercise but an event necessary for democratic process.
According to him, the group will not take anything for granted in ensuring sound voters’ education from wards down to the polling units.
He said: “It is at the very heart of the democratic process and the training exercise is crucial not just to the deepening but also to the defense of our democratic process. For a start, twenty years after the reinstatement of democratic government, the framework as well as the processes of the electoral order is still been finetuned and constantly redefined.
“Crucially a predominantly youthful demographic segment is reaching the voting age for the first time. In addition of course is the issue of a lot of illiteracy, an uneven education system and inadequate public enlightenment of the electorate. These are the challenges we have come to tackle today.
“The challenges are real and if not sensibly tackled in a pro – active manner could derail the democratic process. A recent illustration of the problems involved can be seen from the fallout of the recent governorship elections in the state of Osun. It is profoundly disturbing that out of 49,000 votes voided by the electoral officials 89% were votes cast for the APC.
“This did not in anyway reflect the composition, dispersal and spread of the voting. It means that something is either very wrong or there is something fishy, it simply doesn’t make sense to say that APC voters have lower literacy rates or are less coordinated, this is what we are trying to avoid by putting together this training program. With about seventy presidential candidates on the ballot, the ballot paper itself will be cumbersome. The voters have to be trained and directed.”
Also, a pro President Mohammadu Buhari campaign group, ‘Truth Be Told Nigeria,’ at the weekend said survey had shown that Buhari would win ninety percent votes in Osun State at the forthcoming presidential election.
Coordinator of the group, Kikiowo Ileowo, who spoke with reporters during a street campaign in major streets of Osogbo, the state capital, by the group in Osogbo, Osun state capital, said his members volunteered to campign for Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, because they believe in their capacity to lead the country.
According to him, the street campaign would continue until few days to poll.
He added that many youth-oriented programmes of Buhari administration have helped members of the group to rally more people behind the re-election bid of President Buhari.
Ileowo said: “Truth Be Told is self sponsored group of campaign volunteers spreading the news of good deeds of President Buhari and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to all parts of Osun state.The group has mainly youth.
“Lagos/Ibadan rail line will soon be opened for use. Work will also begin on Ibadan to Kano, over 500,000 youths were recruited through Npower. One million youth will be recruited into the scheme if Buhari is elected, Tradermoni initiative is also helping people to improve their businesses.
“PDP is not campaigning because there is nothing to campaign with. But we are convinced that if Buhari is giving another four years, youth will be the biggest beneficiaries of his well planned programmes designed to better the lot of Nigerians. With the survey we carried out and from what we have observed, President Buhari will win about 90% of votes from Osun here.”