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2023: Group charges politicians on issue based campaigns not frivolities

 2023: Group charges politicians on issue based campaigns not frivolities

By Kazeem Akande

 (NAN) A group, Campaign For Transformative Governance, (CFTG) combinations of Civil Society and Labour unions have charged the politicians jostling for political positions to base their campaigns on developmental issues rather than chasing shadows.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group on Sunday held Lagos West Senatorial District 2023 Elections Dialogue Programme at the Women Development Centre Agege Lagos State.

Mr Sina Odugbemi, the CFTG Chairman in Lagos State Chapter in his remarks said there was political exclipse which has beclouded our democracy in the recent time.

According to him, majority of the politicians are not based their campaigns on developmental issues but rather focus on frivolities.

"In the past, after getting people's mandates and authority people asses politicians performances by all their manifestoes and analysis during the electioneering but today everything has changed.

"Politicians are now turning the table and limit it with the ideas of the cash carriers take it all.

"Most of them focus more on how much to spend on voters on election day than to engage the citizens on developmental issues and programmes," he said.

The CFTG chairman added that the country could only get good governance through debatable issues and analysis the politicians gave while campaigning to the people.

He said that the foundation of democracy should not be corrupted by vote buying as the outcome would not be good for the country.

Mr Gbenga Ekundayo, the Chairman Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) Lagos State Chapter in his remarks said 

it was imperative to engage the candidates jostling for political offices to know their capacity and programme for the people.

"The union has been sitting, pensive enough that's why it is now important to engage the candidates jostling for political offices to know who they are, their capacity and programmes for the people.

"Through this programme, the people will know how much the candidates understand the challenges on ground, the resources available and the best way to tackle the challenges.

"This is a way we can build the future we all deserve as the programme allow the union and the civil society to advise their members aright to vote for the right candidates," he said.

He said it was not surprising seen few politicians and their party candidates in the event saying that majority of them were not focusing on issues but seeing the position as their political right.

Mrs Oluwatoyin Shokunbi,  the Chairman, Almagamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services Employees  (AUPCTRE) in her remarks said the union was coming out to sensitise the public on the coming general election.

Shokunbi said that all the party candidates were only eager to get into power without considering the challenges facing all sectors presently in the country.

Mr Gbenga Komolafe, the General Secretary Federation of Informal Workers Organisation of Nigeria (FIWON) said that it was necessary to come together as Labour unions to know exactly what candidates have for the people.

"As we know that the country is in deep crises, as we have issue of basic security of lives and property and challenges of public service delivery in almost all the sectors.

"These are the issues we want to push forward to party candidates to say what they want to offer, but unfortunately the major candidates and present political office holders are not here," he said.

Mrs Oluwafeyikemi Aderinola, the Lagos State Senatorial Candidate of African Development Party (ADP) said during the programme that citizens were not enjoying the dividend of democracy due to bad governance.

According to her, people were still seriously yearly for good governance after 23 years of democracy in the country.

"The citizens are ready now to source for the right candidates that's why they trooped out to collect their permanent voters card to cast their votes aright this time.

"The people are seriously looking for the right person to take them to the promise land because gone are the days when it has always been imposition of candidates," she said.

Aderinola however urged the residents to shun political apathy and come out em mass to cast their vote for the right candidate during the 2023 general elections.

NAN reports that CFTG an initiative of the TUC, AUPCTRE, FIWON and Pro-Labour Civil Society Organisation held Lagos West Senatorial District 2023 dialogue Theme;:The 2023 General Elections and The Quest for People-Centred Public Service-Focused Governance- Any Hope? (NAN)

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