From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi.
The Kebbi Development Forum (KDF) has made a passionate appealed to the Kebbi State Governor to engaged women in the forthcoming October 26th local government election in the state.
The call was made yesterday at the stakeholders meeting which took place at Salamatu Hussaini Foundation Hall in Birnin Kebbi
Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting, the Chairman of forum, Professor Danladi Sahabi said the meeting which identify issues involved in the forthcoming local government election in Kebbi and steps that are needed to be taken to ensure credible and competent people are voted as Chairpersons and Councillors of local government councils.
He said that involving women in local government election will been an opportunity in promoting democracy and bring sanity into the women participation.
The meeting which was attended by political parties, NGOs,CSOs,the media and some prominent people in the state was aimed to look at how political parties would be engaged to field credible people as well as engaging the state electoral body (KSIEC) and other relavant stakeholders on need for conduct of free and fair October local government in election Kebbi.
“” We will join hands with you as citizens of Kebbi who want to see good governance, decent democracy to ensure that competent people emerged through decent process of election.
“” We want the election to be free and fair and want see how the electorates,communities can be mobilised to vote for credible people in the forthcoming local government election in the state “, he said.
The Secretary General of the Forum, Alhaji Usman Abubakar sought the cooperation of all stakeholders towards achieving the set objectives and promised that relavant stakeholders in the election would be engaged including the government.
He opined that to further consolidate on the objectives of the meeting, 3 committees would be set up namely Engagement committee, Publicity committee and Mobilisation committee.
Participants at the meeting identified high cost of nomination forms, lack of internal party democracy, money politics, political godfatherism / influence and lack of community mobilisation as some of the issues to be addressed for the election to be successful.