Disenfranchisement is a deliberate tool of @inecnigeria in previous elections. It was intentionally deployed to rig 2023 election before and during the election
We may cry about it but as the Commission have used it successfully, it will continue, unless
“Oh no, what was that?” She mumbled, then realized it was just people walking past her.
“Hey, are you all right?” Joe gently asked as he approached her.
Startled by the familiar voice, Maria turned to him and clutched her baby bump tightly. “Joe,” she cried out.
“It really is you. I can’t believe it.”
“Be honest, Maria,” he said. “What’s the matter? What exactly are you doing here?”
She averted his eyes and said, “I have nowhere to go. He kicked me out. He didn’t want to raise the child.
He said he wasn’t ready.”
“When did it happen? I didn’t know, Ron.”
“It’s been two months,” she said sadly. “I was staying in a motel until I ran out of money.
I need to find work soon.”
“Come with me,” he said.
“You’re welcome to stay at my house.”
“You can’t make that decision on your own, Joe,” she remarked, glancing at his wedding band. “What’s her name? You got kids?”
“Kathy. She’s beautiful. She’s kind and empathetic, and, well, she’s just like you. I’m sure she’ll understand.
No kids, not yet,” he answered. “The train will be here in two minutes. Shall we?”
Before Maria and Joe realized it, the train ride was over, and they were standing on the front porch of Joe’s house.
Maria had denied his help, although she was struggling
because she was embarrassed about their past.
But Joe had persuaded her by telling her it was for the baby.
When a delighted Kathy opened the door, expecting to greet her husband, she was surprised to see him with his heavily pregnant ex.
“What is she doing here, Joe?” she asked, surprised. “Tell me she’s got the wrong address.
“Maria’s staying with us for a few days, honey,” said Joe. “Ron kicked her out of the house. She doesn’t have anywhere to go.”
“No, Joe,” declared Kathy. “She needs to leave.
There’s no room for her here, honey. Me or her, Joe,” Kathy asked him bluntly. “Choose. If she comes inside, I’m leaving right away.”
Seeing her husband hesitate made Kathy feel like her world came crashing down around her.
Despite years of fertility treatments, she and Joe had been unable to conceive. Had Joe’s heart melted for Maria because she was pregnant? Did this mean her marriage was in danger?
“I’ll drop her off at a motel and be back. I might be late,” Joe replied eventually and left.
He didn’t say anything else.
Kathy returned to their bedroom and cried all night. She felt bad for Maria. She could see Maria was in trouble, but her broken heart didn’t allow her to help her. It could harm her marriage.
The next day, Kathy went to the church to meet Pastor Richard.
Whenever she was in trouble, she would turn to him for advice.
“What should I do, Father?” she asked anxiously, telling him how she felt after rejecting Maria.
“Does your heart tell you to forgive her, child?
he asked. “Do you want to help her?” She nodded. “I do, but having her near me makes me worried my husband will start distancing himself from me. We’re experiencing difficulties having children.
“Believe in the Lord, child,” Pastor Richard suggested.
“He teaches compassion and forgiveness. You should have faith in your husband and assist that woman.
If your husband is not loyal, he will drift away from you, regardless of whether that lady is around.”
Kathy thought it over, and when Joe came home from work that evening, she apologized to him.
She told him she wanted to apologize to Maria too and help her.
“You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, honey,” Joe said. “I don’t want to burden you with this.”
“It’s not like that, Joe,” said Kathy. “I just feel bad about a lot of things, but we should help her. She needs us right now. Imagine if I were in that condition. I wouldn’t be happy.” Joe hugged her. “Thank you, darling.
Thank you so much.
So Joe and Kathy helped Maria through the remaining few weeks of her pregnancy, and soon a beautiful baby boy’s cries filled their home.
When she rocked him, Kathy would forget the baby wasn’t hers. She felt like she was already a mother just holding him in her arms,
and she offered to watch the baby so Maria could continue her studies.
“You need to do it for your son,” she told Maria.
“He’s deserving of love and a good home. Joe and I will assist you until then.”
A year later, Maria completed her medical degree,
which she’d left for a life with Ron.
Not long after, she was hired by a good hospital. She managed to afford a tiny place for herself and her child, and she got busy with her life.
One day, she received a call from Joe bearing happy news: twins. “Joe told her on the phone,
‘Kathy and I are expecting twins. We just came home from the doctor.'”
“Congratulations!” cried Maria.“I’m so happy for you both. It’s my turn to help Kathy. This is wonderful.”
So after years of failed fertility treatments, Joe and Kathy conceived not one but two children, a… nitter.1d4.us/i/web/status/166…