14 February 2019, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — As Nigeria goes to the polls in less than 48hours’ time, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has cautioned youths in the country against being used by politicians for selfish gains.
The senior oil workers union also cautioned the security agencies as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to be independent and neutral before, during and after the elections.
Speaking exclusively to our correspondent, PENGASSAN Zonal Chairman, Port Harcourt Zone, Comrade Azubuike Azubuike, said the advice is imperative because oil workers are also stakeholders in the country.
Azubuike wondered why elections in this part of the world are usually a do-or-die affair, whereas politicians, in reality, are supposed to be contesting to serve the people.
According to him, “I want to advise that this election should not be a do or die affair.
“If the contestants actually want to serve the people, I believe it shouldn’t be a do or die affair. If it is not for pecuniary gains, why must elections be a do or die affair?
“I want to urge Nigerians, especially the youths who the politicians will use and later dumped, that whatever they will get through election thuggery will never satisfy them.”
The Zonal PENGASSAN boss further cautioned against electoral violence, intimidation of voters, saying that neutrality on the part of security agencies and the electoral umpire would engender a free, fair and credible election.
“Let people go out and vote those they are convinced have what it takes to lead the country to Eldorado.
“Secondly, it will be good that our security agencies be as neutral as possible in this election.
“INEC on the other hand, as their name implies should truly be independent. Let politicians serve the people so that the country will be good for everyone,” Azubuike said.