Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday urged Nigerians to defend their votes at every election, in order to prevent the manipulation of the process by unscrupulous persons.
Amaechi, who is also the factional chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, made the declaration after paying a condolencevisit to the leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on the death of his mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji, in Lagos.
Amaechi said Nigerians should drop the idea of leaving voting centres after an election, noting that it was no longer enough for them to entrust the safety of their ballots to security agents.
“Things should be done in such a way that the electorate defend their votes, not just leaving them in the custody of the police alone or leaving the place after voting,” he said.
He noted that if Nigerians guard their votes, it would be difficult for anyone to manipulate the result.
The governor said Mogaji was a mother, who gave her best for the good of Nigerians. He urged members of her family to emulate her virtues.
Also on Friday, businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, described the late market leader’s death as a shocking development.
He said she fought the cause of Nigerian masses and was an astute manager ofhuman resources.
“She left a bold and permanentprint in the sands of time and her lifetime was a glorious and memorable one,” he said.
Honorary Consul of Switzerland, Chief Marlies Allen, in a message urged Tinubu to take heart.
Daughter of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, showered praises on Mogaji for her services to humanity and prayed for the repose of her soul.