Former Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on National Assembly Matters , Senator Florence Ita-Giwa and the Bakassi people has revealed that the change in election dates is an act of God which will enable her people collect their Permanent Voters Cards and elect their preferred leaders at the Dayspring Island where they registered.
Ita-Giwa opined that if the Independent National Electoral Commission had gone ahead with the earlier dates, her people would have been disenfranchised because over 70 per cent have not collected their PVC.
The statement signed on Wednesday, reads in parts: “The poll postponement is a blessing because it will now afford my people the opportunity of voting on March 28 and in April. The few that has collected theirs are those that are in the refugee camp and their neigbours.
“Thousands from the Southern part of Bakassi who left for Cameroon just to earn income since they are all fishermen registered at Dayspring and they are willing to return to get their PVCs and vote at Dayspring. Now, that the borders are open and the sea is sailable, I have started arranging boats to convey them so they can come and collect their PvC’s. Over 5,000 of us cannot and should not be disenfranchised.
“They are all keen to return home as soon as the federal government develops the Dayspring Island and until then, I v built a town hall with few rooms at Abana, the headquarters to accommodate some people and should officials want to make use of the hall for their various assignments. I have concluded plans also to move generators to the place so that there will be light there.
“So, now, you see that the postponement has given us ample time to complete the town hall and make it very habitable for my people and electoral officers that will come there.”