Speculations have been made that about 22.3million students would be disenfranchised if the ongoing strike continues. Some individuals claim that it is the plan of the federal government, so as to reduce the number of unfavorable votes.
Comrade Danielson Bamidele Akpan, NANS president disclosed this to the press Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has vowed to disrupt the election if the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is not resolved. According to the students, the three-month-old strike apart from hindering their academic pursuits will also disenfranchised about 22.3million of them.
The students claimed many of them had registered at the INEC offices nearest to their institutions.
‘’The continuous strike action by both ASUU and ASUP has not only brought increased pain on students and their parents, it is now seen by us as a deliberate ploy to disenfranchise our members, especially those who registered within their school environments and are presently in their various homes," Comrade Danielson Bamidele Akpan, NANS president said.
Going further, he said: “Consequently, Nigerian students have decided to take their destinies in their hands, enough of the politics being played with our future.
"We wish to inform the general public that Nigerian students would resist any election from holding in any part of the country should our campuses remain shut till election date.
“And on no account shall we allow this sinister disenfranchisement of the largest voting population of our citizens in a major election to pass due to no fault of theirs. We have 22.3 million registered students, eligible to change the destiny of the nation. We refused to be sacrificed in exercising this obligatory duty to our nation at this crucial moment. Our voices must be heard and our votes must count.”
“After careful observation of the continued insensitive shut down of our universities due to the strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) wish to unapologetically declare Operation no resumption, no election,' Akpan added.