‘‘We must begin to imbibe a culture by which those who aspire to lead our people are subjected to a rigorous process of public debates that will assess their suitability on objective criteria, rather than the religion they practice or where they come from’’
– Olusegun Adeniyi
Governance and democracy will be better if voters have the needed information to choose those who apply to govern them. As elections draws near, it is crucial for citizens to know the agenda of political candidates and how they intend to drive them.
It is imperative to hear from candidates as they sell themselves to citizens. Citizens on the other hand have a duty to compare potentials, agendas and manifestoes which will make them informed as voters and active citizens. In a bid to get citizens informed as we gear up to the 2019 general elections, EiE Nigeria and other partners will be hosting 9 gubernatorial debates in Plateau, Benue, Kaduna, Imo, Rivers, Kogi, Oyo, Lagos, Borno. In addition, 14 legislative town hall debates in Kastina, Kano, Gombe , Adamawa , Plateau, Cross River, Kogi, Enugu, Anambra, Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo and Osun tentatively scheduled from the 3rd of December 2018.
The debates/town hall meetings will provide a platform for citizens to listen to the candidates, ask questions and make informed choices on who they will elect to govern them. Since 2011, EiE has hosted / co-hosted or supported 16 debates of different formats, of which 11 were candidate debates. EiE is the only civil society organization with this track record.
EiE is a non-partisan network of individuals and organizations committed to a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship. This is only possible when citizens understand the role they must play before, during and after elections through these 4 cardinal actions – Register to vote, Select credible candidates, Vote not fight and Protect votes on election day and during the 4 year cycle. These actions are reinforced through EiE’s flagship R|S|V|P campaign – Register |Select |Vote |Protect.
“We are excited to continue our tradition on debates & committed to building the culture of debates as part of Nigeria’s electoral process for what is our largest collaboration” Says ‘Yemi Adamolekun, EiE’s Executive Director.
Enough is Enough Nigeria (www.eie.ng) is a network of individuals and organizations committed to instituting aculture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship. EiE’s #RSVP –Register/Select/Vote/Protect is a key voter education campaign. EiE was an integral part of the#OccupyNigeria movement in 2012 and is very active in the #OpenNASSand #OfficeOftheCitizencampaigns.