Ex-minister urges electorate to vote credible candidates in 2019

Dasuki Nakande

Groups urge youths to seek leadership roles, extol Atiku’s pan-Nigerian vision
Former Minister of State for Information and Communications, Dasuki Nakande, has called on Nigerians to elect people with institutional, structural and administrative exposure 2019.

Nakande made the call while presenting his paper tagged: Using Public Office To Serve, at a two-day summit organised by the Jos Renaissance Group at Lamonde Hotel in Jos.

“People are elected into positions without institutional, structural and administrative exposure. People are often voting their representatives without them even knowing what they really want for their good.

“At times the relationship between the representatives and the people is affecting performances,” he said.

He admonished the people to shun malice and “change our focus from individual to issue- based. I need at this point to emphasize that you do not have necessarily to be a public officer to serve your community.”

He added that as a people, they belonged to Plateau State and would continue to respect, tolerate and obey constituted authorities.

“We have bulk votes. We will use our strong votes wisely at any elections. Youths have greater roles to play in reshaping the society and Nigeria as a whole,” and admonished them to shun drug abuse and other social vices.

In a related development, a group under the platform of Youth Takeover Initiative (YTI), yesterday, urged Nigerian youths to use their numerical strength to bring about political leaders with the interest of the country at heart in the 2019 general elections.

This was contained in a communique signed by it President, Amienye Omorogie and Secretary, Francis Madugu, at the end of it meeting in Benin City.

The statement said that the youths, which constitute about 70 per cent of the total population, should come together and take over the governance of the country citing their numerical strength to vote and be voted for as an advantage.

It said that they should rededicate themselves to the task of wresting power from old folks, who have continued to show lack of direction, vision and patriotism.

Meanwhile, the New Nigeria Vision Group (NNVG) has endorsed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer for the 2019 general elections.

It lampooned the misadventure and maladministration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under President Mohammadu Buhari since 2015.

National Leader of the group, Emmanuel Iriogbe, who spoke at a news conference in Abuja, said the group was committed to the emergence of a new nation where good governance would improve the quality of lives of Nigerians.

Iriogbe stated that the body would mobilize Nigerians to elect a visionary president as the panacea to engender the rebirth of a new Nigeria.

He described Atiku as a dedicated Nigerian who believes in an indivisible entity where every Nigerian will have equal opportunities to achieve their life goals and aspirations, adding that his aspiration to govern the country is borne out of his genuine desire and love for Nigeria and its citizens, and is not about the attainment of power for its own sake.

“A true believer in the principles of justice, equity and fairness, Atiku is a staunch advocate of restructuring and social justice which a modern Nigeria needs. He is a promoter of free enterprise that will create sustainable jobs, restore the trust and waning confidence of Nigerians in governance and is capable of healing the wounds of discord and disunity.”

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