'Be Closer To Electorate'


All governors and other political office holders elected in the recent general election have been advised to move closer to the electorate and engage in people-oriented programmes.

Alhaja Aminat Irawo, an activist and president of MKO Youth and Women Forum For June 12, gave the advice while commenting on the just concluded general election.

“My appeal to all elected governors is to get closer to the people and perform in office. In the past, it was very clear that some of the governors were too far from the masses and they only tried to move closer to the people when they were trying to run for second term.

“I want to appeal to them that this time around they must ensure that they get closer to the people. If they are able to do this, the people will have the opportunity to talk to them and ask some questions about their policies and programmes.

She advised them to change their attitude because if they get closer to the people, they would know the people’s need in term of qualitative education, health care, good roads and other programmes. Getting closer to the people, she said, would also promote their popularity at the grassroots because many of those at the grassroots don’t know their leaders.

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Irawo advised elected political officers who know that they cannot fulfil their promises to the electorate to resign instead of failing to keep their promises. She said the era of politicians promising and never fulfilling such promise is over. She added that elected office holders that knows he cannot fulfil his promises to resign before taking the oath of office on 29 May.

She commended former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whom she described as exceptional, as well as Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola and Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State for implementing people-oriented programmes. She urged the two governors to focus more on programmes that would benefit the masses in their second term.

She commended the Professor Attahiru Jega led-Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for organising a free and fair election adding, however, that the June 12, 1993 general election still remains the most credible, free and fair election ever organised in the country.

She called on all Nigerians to start monitoring those representing them in public offices and vote against any of them that refuse to perform.

—Paul Sanusi

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