4th March, 2011
The Diocese of Lagos West, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion has concluded plans to bring together all governorship candidates in Lagos State for a debate.
The programme which is being put together by the 2011 Election Sensitisation, Mobilisation and Observation Committee of the Diocese in conjunction with the Diocese of Badagry and Lagos Mainland, is expected to give an insight into the various programmes of each gubernatorial candidates for the progress and development of Lagos State.
The debate comes up on March 12, 2011 at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Oba Akinjobi Way, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos at 11 a.m.
According to the chairman of the committee, Revd. Canon Gbenga Oniye, â€œthe programme will be an improvement on what the Diocese did in 2007 in the areas of sensitisation, mobilisation and observation.
â€œOur sensitisation efforts towards the 2011 elections started with the mobilisation of our members during the voterâ€™s registration exercise and this will be a continuous exercise. Our members are being encouraged to go out and vote massively for God-fearing political leaders that will better the lives of the common people on the street.â€
Lagos State, he added, â€œis strategic to the economic survival of the nation because of its cosmopolitan nature and therefore, the church cannot sit on the fence and watch incompetent and non-God fearing politicians to take over the mantle of leadership in the state.â€
The church, Canon Oniye said, â€œas a stakeholder in Lagos State, is determined to ensure that through the debate, the competence or otherwise of these candidates are exposed during the debate so that the electorate will know who to vote for, come April.