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Experts urge electorate to differentiate between agenda, manifestos

By Seye Olumide, South-West Bureau Chief, Ibadan
09 December 2022   |   3:17 am
A Group of experts, yesterday, said Nigerians must be able to differentiate between the agenda of an individual presidential candidate contesting for the 2023 general elections and the manifestos of various political parties. The experts spoke at a seminar organised by the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), a roundtable event on Nigeria’s…

A Group of experts, yesterday, said Nigerians must be able to differentiate between the agenda of an individual presidential candidate contesting for the 2023 general elections and the manifestos of various political parties.

The experts spoke at a seminar organised by the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), a roundtable event on Nigeria’s 2023 general elections with the theme, “Manifestos and Issue-based Political Campaigns for Nigeria’s 2023 general elections held in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

The experts, who include Director-General, NISER, Dr. Antonia Sinbine; Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba; Prof. Emmanuel Aiyede of the Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan; Prof. Okey Ikeanyibe of the Department of Public Administration and Local Government, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and others, said Nigerians must realise and interrogate the differences between individual presidential candidate’s agenda and the manifestos of the various political parties as the country goes into another elections.

One of the panellists, Aiyede, emphasised the need for any party or candidate aspiring to rule the country to address the issue of restructuring, which he described, as one of the most discussed issues after security.

Ikeanyibe said the cost of governance in Nigeria had been difficult to address owing to constitutional factors, bureaucracy and the system of government.

In her opening remarks, Simbine said the objective of the seminar was to enable seasoned scholars and policy analysts guide political parties and their candidates to repackage their manifestos and campaigns and make them issues and strategy-based to enhance their electoral chances.

In the keynote address, Head of Political and Governance Policy Department of NISER, Professor F.O.N Robberts, said: “Given the importance of elections in national development and the role of political parties and candidates’ manifestos, stressed the need to examine the manifestos of 10 major political parties and their presidential candidates.”

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