The Advocacy For Peace And Sustainable Development, Delta State chapter, made the call at the event organized at Chadif hotel Asaba Delta state on thursday 12 December 2018.
The NGO tagged the event; Delta State Stakeholder’s Forum.
The event was well attended by distinguished guests and dignitaries drawn from across political, business, religious, civil society organizations, academia and all other major sectors of the society.
The chairman of the Occassion Reverend Justus Mogekwu, Bishop of Asaba Diocese, represented by Venerable Samson Anwazie during his opening remarks stated that the event was to create a forum for the stakeholders present to rub minds together on how to get the best out of the coming 2019 general elections and how to ensure that the most credible candidate that will represent the will of the people is elected.
The convener of the forum , Activist Toju Binitie during his presentation revealed the theme which is “Enhancing Participation in Political Process And Protecting Our Ballots”.
He decried the level of voter apathy stating that “less than 50%” of the electorates participate during elections.
He argued that “since everybody is affected by the decisions of the government, why not participate in the process of selecting the government”.
Mr Binitie further insisted that “getting it right in the beginning is the best option”.
He declared that the goal of the NGO is to change the trend in Delta State and Make the state a model for other states across the nation.
He reeled out the plans of the organization towards the 2019 Election. The plan includes to draw volunteers from across reputable organizations and civil society groups. The volunteers will be accredited by INEC to monitor the Elections across the 270 wards in Delta State.
All the dignitaries of the high table took turns to give their own speeches and remarks.
Reverend Dr. Udi, Chairman PFN Oshimili South Delta State during his speech, called on Christians to participate fully in the electoral process. He cited a few examples from the Holy Bible to affirm that God approves of it.
He stated that for man to dominate the earth as God commanded we need to be part of the institution that holds the authority, and further admonished that Christians do away with the mindset of “politics is a dirty game” stating that it is everybody’s duty to make it right.
Mrs Tonwe during her remark put it forward that “if you step aside and let others decide, what you see, you take”. She advised that we should elect the best candidate irrespective of the individual’s religious and tribal affiliations.
The event was a huge success, a clear strategy was adopted.
2019 elections will soon be here and the NGO’s will perform their civic duties while the rest are in the hands of the electorates, the politicians and the INEC.
Written By Afam Ichenku. for ifeknows.com