By Chris Udochukwu
The cell Soldiers or polling unit soldiers according to the LPPCC Chief Spokeerson, Dr Yunus Tanko are volunteers who would function as canvassers for the Labour Party now and during the elections next year.
Dr Tanko stated this while inaugurating the first set of the cell “Soldiers” at Dawaki polling unit four which happens to be his polling booth. Dawaki is a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory that lies between Gwarimpa and Kubuwa.
He disclosed that the party was targeting between 150 and 200 volunteers within each polling unit across the country adding that, “we are recruiting not just people who would canvass for votes for our candidates but people who themselves are voters with permanent voters cards ,(PVCs).
“These people are also expected to stay within the polling booths and watch the votes counted at the end of votings and ensure that the actual results are recorded and transmitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s, (INEC’s) servers.
The volunteers, according to him, ” are to be armed with campaign materials such as T-shirts, Fez caps and handbills with which to campaign for the various candidates of the party at all levels”.
He also disclosed that each cell would have chairman and assistant who would serve as coordinators and were expected to give periodic reports to the state offices of the Obi/Datti Campaign Council.
“The Dawaki polling unit four is being headed by Hafisu Muhammad and he is being assisted by Biggy Adamu and they have pledged to work assiduously to ensure that they deliver,” he stated.
Dr Tanko further stated that he was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm being shown by the people adding, “it shows that Nigerians have actually keyed into our presidential candidate’s message of ” take back Nigeria”.