A political scientist, Dr Mutiullah Olasupo, from University of Abuja, has advocated politicians, to accommodate minority views, as mechanism to foster political inclusion ahead of 2019 polls.
Olasupo said, overcoming factors, truncating minimization of political conflict, would ensure free and fair elections to move the country forward.
The University Don, stated this in a paper titled “The Concept and Institutions of Democracy”, while urging women and youths, to participate in key decision making, to strengthen political processes.
The political scientist, spoke in Yola, at inter party training for political parties, saying, through active participation in politics, young political party leaders, would address issues of marginalization in politics.
Earlier, Mr. Sentell Barnes, Resident Program Director, IRI, in his remark stressed, the need, for youth to imbibe the habit of volunteerism, to navigate the turbulent murky waters of politics in Nigeria.
The RPD, represented by Amina Yahaya ,Program Associate, however, said, implementing the Responsive Political Party Program, which seeks to increase political party’s responsiveness and representation, would better the polity in the state.
“We believe that parties are only responsive, when they understand and incorporate citizens priorities into their policy agendas and are representative when marginalized groups are integrated into their activities.
“The training would specifically train participants on basic research skills to support political parties in developing citizens-informed policy proposals”.
A participant at the training, Karuza John of People Democratic Party (PDP) described the workshop as timely, aimed at sanitizing the polity of peculiar challenges.
John assured that he would used the knowledge of the workshop to educate the other party supporters in the state.
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