The Coalition of Diaspora Chairpersons of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has requested the assistance of President Bola Tinubu in promoting the Diaspora Voting Bill in the National Assembly.
In a joint statement signed by Adesegun Labinjo and Bola Babarinde, the chairman and general Secretary of the committee, respectively, the appeal was made on Tuesday in Osogbo.
The statement noted that the bill was rejected on the floor of the House “due to what seemed to be a lack of interest from the Presidency at that time.”
“We believe that with President Tinubu and the Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, both of whom have had diaspora experiences, achieving diaspora voting would be easier this time.
“We, therefore, urge these two patriotic Nigerians, who have been appointed to prominent positions, to utilize their influential positions to advocate for the importance of Nigerian citizens residing outside the borders of our great nation,” the statement said.
According to the committee, Nigerians living abroad, who possess expertise and knowledge gained from advanced economies worldwide, are ready and willing to contribute their skills and advice to ensure the success of Mr. Tinubu’s administration.
The committee expressed its determination to take every possible measure to ensure that Mr. Tinubu fulfills his campaign promises.
It also commended the appointment of George Akume as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, acknowledging that his performance and experience as a former minister and governor would be valuable in his new role.
Furthermore, the committee congratulated Mr. Gbajabiamila on his appointment as the Chief of Staff to the President, recognizing his commendable service as the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and later as the Speaker.