By Nosa Akenzua
The senior political adviser to the governor of Delta state, Funkekeme Solomon, has called on political parties across the state to imbibe acceptable behavioural attitude in elections to make for good governance.
Addressing delegates of political parties at a One-Day Summit for chairmen and secretaries of INEC approved political parties in the state organised by his office, Solomon said: “Where there is a peaceful, free, fair and transparent elections, the best in terms of the people’s choice would be elected to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the grassroots.”
He reasoned that when elections were peaceful, free, fair and transparent, wasteful expenditure in terms of time and money on litigation would be thrown overboard and expressed profound appreciation to the Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for his magnanimity and what he tagged ‘kind-heartedness’ in approving the summit.
The guest speaker, Professor Benjamin Okaba, who is the Dean School of Post Graduate Studies, Federal University, Otuoke said that there was need to sensitise, mobilise and conscientise key actors in the electioneering process.
He said that such efforts would help to evolve a new political culture to stimulate and institute free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections.
According to Okaba, the paradigm shift in attitude was imperative for massive citizens participation, good governance and sustainable development of the society.
He posited that democracy respect and protect citizens right to select their leaders through the electioneering process, stressing that the success of a democracy and the integrity of its governance were dependent on the quality of elections and electioneering process.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Chief Godbless Omoniye, executive assistant to the governor on inter-party and special duties, who is the chairman of the summit planning committee, expressed appreciation to Governor Okowa for approving the summit.
He also thanked Solomon for championing event thereby giving other political parties the opportunity to imbibe norms that make for free, fair and transparent elections.