Centre Tasks Politicians On Issue-Based Campaigns

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The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) has called on politicians to base their electioneering campaigns for 2019 on issues rather than mundane things.

Dr Abudullahi Omaki, Executive Director of the centre, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja at its National Engagement Dialogue toward the 2019 general elections.

He said the accountability and how inclusive a political party is should be of concern to the electorate ahead of the polls.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highpoint of the event was the lunch of the centre`s training manual titled: “Leadership Effectiveness and Accountability Dialogue (LEAD)”.

Amb. Browuson Dede, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia, while unveiling the manual, said it emphasised character, ethics and value and how the people and government could collaborate to achieve good governance.

Dede, who is the chairman of the event and a member of the centre`s council of wise men, said that the manual also talked about political party formation, funding, management and the process for the selection of its leaders.

He stressed the need for legislative oversight and continued engagement with legislators to ensure accountability in government.

The event was attended by people from different political leanings, party representatives and candidates for various political positions for the 2019 general elections.

The dialogue was put together to address issues that had evolved since the advent of democracy in the country and those things that had been agitating the minds of Nigerians.

It also aims to steer up questions that would keep politicians on their toes, especially party candidates for the 2019 general elections, with a view to making them enthrone good governance if they eventually get into power.

The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) is a Non-Governmental Organisation that aims to contribute to an integrated Africa that is prosperous, peaceful and driven by her own citizens.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is expected to lift the ban on electioneering campaign on Nov. 18.