2023: Interface between CSOs in Kogi Central and party candidates in the senatorial area

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By Chimezie Godfrey

The Kogi Central CSO Network, a coalition of NGOs and civil society organizations operating in the senatorial area of ​​Kogi Central held talks with political party candidates against the upcoming 2023 elections on Saturday.

Over 50 participants from political parties, traditional institutions, civil society organizations and the media gathered at the hybrid event in Okene.

Organized by the Kogi Central CSO Network, the event brought together the Ebira Peoples Association, EPA, Ebira Resource Academy, ERA, Ebira World Wide, EWW and the Positive Impact Initiative, PII. Others include the Ebira Youth Congress, EYC, Association of Ebira Professionals, AEP Ki Izeiza TV and the NGO Network, a national non-profit organization working for the public, private sectors and non-profit.

The event which was anchored by Sir Mohammed Bougei Attah, a veteran civil society activist and current Regional Coordinator for Africa of the World Association of NGOs, had prominent sons and daughters from the area in attendance. They include Dr. Godwin Oyibo, EPA General Chairman Alh. Sken Ogu who participated virtually from California and Hajia Amina Ozavize Salaudeen.

Roundtable speakers include Dr. Ahmed Badanga, Organizer of the All Political Party Conference in Nigeria and Hajia Rakiya Yusuf of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Abel Barnabas, Dr. Rabiu Mohammed and Mr. Yakubu Usman, lecturers at the Federal College of Education, Okene.

Some of the candidates who spoke at the event include Hon. Abdulkadir Tajuddeen, senatorial candidate of the People’s Redemption Party, PRP, Isa Yakubu Omeiza of the New Nigerian Political Party, NNPP and Bello Umar.

Key civil society leaders in the area, such as Alh. Abdulrahman Leramo of Club 10, Dr. Joseph Suleiman, President of Ebira Renaissance Group and Hajia Maryam Isa watched the event from different locations.

Mr. Attah revealed that roundtable participants deliberated on a range of issues that affected previous election campaigns such as negative political campaigning, voter apartheid due to security concerns, buy-in syndrome votes, among others.

“It has been decided that for real engagements between voters and elected representatives, the people should engage in consultations by setting an agenda that will be mutually beneficial to both parties.

“The Network should deliberate further on most of the issues raised and come up with practical solutions to the challenges,” he said.

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