By Abimbola Akindunbi
Registration of volunteers for Forward With Buhari Campaign Team (FWBCT), has began in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The Secretary of the Group and Human Rights Lawyer, Dr Kayode Ajulo, disclosed this in Lagos on Wednesday.
He explained that the initiative was aimed at checkmating vote rigging across the nation in the 2019 general elections.
The group was unveiled in Abuja, on Tuesday, in a ceremony hosted by the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State and other members of the forum.
Ajulo said the initiative was part of the group’s proposed mass mobilisation and mandate protection, which it intended to employ, in ensuring that the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari was not scuttled by vote riggers.
He said the group had already commenced the recruitment of young Nigerians as volunteers, who will be equipped with necessary Information Communication gadgets, that would be used to expose any form of rigging or voters inducement, particularly, the opposition during the poll.
His words, “We are aware, that the opposition is preparing to disorganise the forthcoming Presidential election, judging by its recent public statements.
“Nigerians in their millions want President Buhari re-elected. What we are out to do is to ensure that the will of the majority of Nigerians prevail at the polls.
“It will be a huge loss to Nigerians, if their wishes are scuttled by a few unconscientious politicians who are more interested in self than the generality of the people.”
He further revealed that some lovers of President Buhari and Nigerians in Diaspora had pledged sufficient equipment, which would be deployed to volunteers across the 774 local government areas in the country, with a Situation Control Room located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory and Zonal offices.
Ajulo urged Nigerians to sustain their beliefs in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari, to take Nigeria to the next level, while restating that, “Nigerians shall resist any attempt to truncate democracy and return Nigeria to the inglorious era of the People’s Democratic Party.”
He asked Nigerians to recollect that PDP had been used to rigging and now afraid of their shadow, which is the rationale for raising alarm on rigging.
“The online recruitment kicked off this morning. At the end, we will hold meetings and educate volunteers at various states and zonal levels on effective monitoring and how to deploy equipment to monitor elections,” he said.