The International Republican Institute (IRI), has commenced the sensitization of political parties, to bridge the gap between electorates and elected officials for enhanced democratic process in Adamawa state.
Husna Hassan, Resident Program Officer Nigeria, said the workshop is aimed at guiding politicians and electorates to forge an all inclusive common front ahead of 2019 general elections.
Hassan while declaring open the workshop on citizen engagement and communication, for state chapter of the Peoles Democratic Party in Yola on issues and concerns raised by citizens of the state.
“Only few elites within the political parties, sit,down to draft the party manifestos to the detriment of the ordinary card carrying members of the parties.
“The story has remained the same, since the second republic till tomorrow and it is not helping development of democracy in Nigeia.”
Mr Sunday Alao, Senior Program Officer of the institute, in a paper titled ‘Adamawa PDP Citizens Engagement and Communication’, stressed that the role of opposition is critical to the success of democracy.
He stated that if there is no opposition in a democratic system,the government will emerge as a military set up and urged members of the PDP to maintains strong opposition in the present political set up.
The organizing secretary of Adamawa state chapter of the PDP,Hamza. Bello who spoke on behalf of the participants said the workshop has greatly sensitized them on what they should be doing in the set-up of their political party.
He declared that the workshop will prepare them to play their expected roles and put their party in place to clinch power in 2019 general elections.
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