As various groups in Nigeria continue to clamor for a review of the country’s constitution, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has made a passionate call for the Diaspora voting right in the constitution review.
Abike Dabiri made this call when she led a delegation of Nigerians in Diaspora with others who joined virtually, to the public hearing of the Nigerian Senate.
The hearing which was moderated by the Deputy Senate President, OvieOmo-Agege alongside other Senators, attracted various leaders of Nigerians in Diaspora, including Chairperson of Nigerian Association of Western Australia, Dr.PemusEweama of CANUK, chairperson of NIDO United Kingdom, Mr. Ayo Akinfe amongst others.
Speaking at the hearing, the NiDCOM boss who noted that over 119 countries conduct Diaspora Voting, emphasized on the need to allow Nigerians in Diaspora to be part of the election process. She said “Nigeria cannot afford to be left out given the massive contributions of Nigerians in Diaspora to the Nigerian economy.”
Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora Voting Council, Prince Ade Omole, in his address stated that the Diaspora Voting Bill which had already passed the second reading was seeking to amend Section 77 and 117 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This according to him, will enable Nigerians in the Diaspora to participate in electoral processes.