82-year-old woman, Hajiya Zainab Usman, says she is ready to perform her civic duty on February 16 and March 2, presidential and governorship elections.

The octogenarian, who resides at Yelenguruza Quarters area of Gombe State metropolis said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Gombe State.

She said it was the duty of every Nigerian to vote for candidate of his or her choice, adding that “the beauty of democracy lies in one’s ability to choose who leads the people.

“I am ready to cast my vote. I have been doing that for years and I will do it as long as God gives me breath.

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“Election has been a vital part of governance where everyone has the right to choose whoever he or she wants to lead them. This is the beauty of democracy because of the power of choice.

” My grandchildren will be taking me to Dakin Kowa today ahead of tomorrow’s election, where my polling unit is so that I can cast my vote for my preferred candidates,” she said.

Usman decried the level of political thuggery and violence that were recorded every electioneering year in the country, adding that election in the past could be likened to a political funfair of some sort.

She also decried the low level of political participation by women, adding that women should make politics part of their lives by coming out to cast their votes during elections.

The octogenarian appealed to the youths to shun violence, adding that the country belonged to them and whatever the actions taken may affect the youths in the nearest future.

(NAN)

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