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Engage 2016 Governorship Aspirants In Debates To Get The Best, Group Urges Edo Electorate

Posted: Nov 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo Bureau Chief Benin

Edo electorate have been enjoined to engage prospective leaders and aspirants in the 2016 governorship election in constructive debates in order to make informed choices so as to  avoid mistakes of the past.

A Benin based group,  Bethshan Youth Organisation, who made the call in a press briefing in Benin, also urged political parties to promote internal democracy as well as provide workable development plans aimed at solving specific problems.

The Chief Executive Officer of the youth group, Reverend Humphrey Areghan who spoke on behalf of the group explained that it was worrisome that many voters, especially the youth, paid little attention on the competence of persons who contest political offices, based on their track records and level of responsiveness to developmental challenges.

Areghan also expressed concern over the activities of some civil society organisations, whom he said had become tools for unscrupulous politicians to play on the minds of the vulnerable citizens, rather than defending the downtrodden in the society.

According to him,”I believe we have passed the stage of people being imposed. Most of those we have elected, most times, are not prepared for elective positions. They are brought in by individuals who believe that they cannot run but they use ?people as their stooges.

“But I believe that, in 2016?, we cannot afford to sit idle. So, I believe that a debate needs to start now to know who is actually ready to offer the best service to the people because politics is about service. We are talking about the number one citizen of the state, the one who controls. We should get the best in 2016”

“Edo, as an oil producing state is yet to provide a lasting solution to the problem of unemployment among the citizens due to the absence of effective management of its abundant resources” he observed.

He also attributed the numerous challenges facing the country to “moral bankruptcy” and corruption, adding that “leadership is based on morality.

Once you do not have the uprightness, then corruption becomes the order of the day?, he also said

He, however stressed the need for the residents to eschew tribal concerns and focus on leaders who understand the essence of building strong institutions, rather than building a groups of individuals.

“We also want to live above ethnic sentiments. Today, we do not talk of ourselves as Nigerians. In Edo, we do not talk as Edo citizens; it is either you are a Benin man, an Etsako man or Esan.

“And that, to me, is not the kind of politics we should play. We should be looking for the citizens who have the interest of the state at heart, whose constituency is Edo State.??”. Areghan further declared.