Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has called on Nigerian celebrities to utilise their platforms to promote voter education, youth inclusion and non-violent participation in the 2019 general elections.
Yakubu made the call at an INEC Interactive Session/Dinner held in Lagos on Saturday night while appointing new ambassadors for the commission.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the interaction was put together by INEC in collaboration with the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES).
The chairman noted that the ambassadors were selected based on profile and fellowship, reputation, credibility nonpartisan ship and commitment to volunteerism.
According to the INEC boss, the ambassadors were prominent individuals who had distinguished themselves in the field of entertainment, arts, sports, democratic development and literature.
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He said that the commission wanted increased participation of youth, women and persons with disability in order to boost citizens’ trust and confidence in electoral process.
The ambassadors included singers, comedians, actors, actresses, journalists were: Innocent Idibia (2Baba), Ime Okon (Bishop), Michael Ifeanyichukwu, Ijeoma Okoye, Ibrahim Adra, Alex Ibe, Ali Muhammed, Gideon Okeke, Helen Paul, Adam Zango, Seun Okinbaloye, Frank Edwards and Akintayo Faniran.
Some of the new ambassadors/celebrities inaugurated at the event included: Bright Okpocha (Basketmouth), Ayo Makun, Uti Nwachukwu, Korede Bello, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Chidinma Ekile, Jude Abaga, Yakubu Mohammed, Cobhams Asuquo, Gimba Umar and Aituaje Waje, Adesuwa Etomi, Ikubese Emmanuel, Anto Lecky, Chioma Omeruah, and Yinka Ayefele and Others.
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