Activists reject alleged secret ballot voting for Ninth N’Assembly leadership.
Hundreds of pro-democracy activists have stormed the National Assembly complex opposing alleged moves to elect the leadership of the Ninth Senate and House of Representatives through a secret ballot system.
Under the aegis of Advocates for Governance, the protesters brandished banners and posters with various inscriptions, including “Nigerians4openNASS voting,” “Why vote secretly?” No to Senators’ forgery”, to register their opposition.
The group’s spokesperson, Mr. Duro Meseko, maintained that only the open ballot or a voice vote process that could get the incoming presiding officers the confidence of Nigerians.
He recalled that but for this same module, the purported third term agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo would not have been aborted.
Submitting their petition to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the agitators called on all members-elect to be vigilant and defend the interest of their constituents by ensuring that the next crop of leaders emerges through a very transparent process.