Thursday, 13 December 2018

Not too young to Run Candidates from 91 Political Parties expressed fears of 2019 Elections

Young aspirants from all the 91 political parties contesting for various positions in the 2019 general election have expressed fears over what they described as “landmines” that could hinder their success in the election.

The aspirants expressed this concern at an event tagged ‘The Convergence: Power, Capacity, Politics’, an initiative of Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa) and the Not Too Young To Run movement- one of Nigeria’s largest and most successful youth movement in recent times.

About 400 young candidates of various political parties had converged on Abuja for the 3-day conference aimed at empowering them ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Some of the Aspirants who spoke to THE WHISTLER, said lack of adequate funds to wrest power from old politicians, INEC, violence, manipulations, amongst other fears, could mar their chances in the 2019 election.

In his remarks, Adeeko Oladipo Adekunle who is seeking to represent Alimosho 1 Constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly, under the platform of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), said his major fear was getting adequate funds for his campaign and election violence.

“My number one fear is funds, I have a budget that I am hoping to run a good campaign that will get me into office, but I actually don’t have the funds, this is about 70 days to elections and I don’t have 10% of what I intend to use to fund my campaign, so that is a big threat to my candidacy for 2019 elections,

“Then the number two fear I have is the political apathy of my electorates, some don’t believe that votes count, some think that election results are just manipulated so whatever efforts they expend voting for you is still a waste of time,

“The last threat is the assumption that there will be violence at the polling booths, we are a decent people in my constituency, but you know there is this picture that people have that there could be violence in our polling booth, there are over 500 polling booths in my constituency, we hope there won’t be violence on that day,” Mr Adekunle said.

Otobotekere Betty who is contesting under the Re-build Nigeria Party (RNP) for the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Yenegoa Constituency 2, said she is pessimistic of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) capacity to contest a free and credible election in her constituency in particular and Nigeria in general.

Arua Goodluck E who is contesting to represent Ohafia South State Constituency of Abia State said some voters in his region who registered to vote somewere else were not abka to transfer their pulling unit to thier constituency asked why Inec made Nigerians to know they can edit her voters infkrminfor 30days before elections but none of the offices has accepted to edit name or pulling unit untill 2022.

“My fear is INEC, they are my major problem, because of the manipulation of card readers, I even heard some INEC staff talking about it some months ago about manipulation of card readers and in my state I saw something that shocked me, the current SSG in my state is from my place, then his face was in another local government among registered voters with another name, where is that coming from, I think it’s coming from INEC, people cannot just manipulate it.

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