Lagos – Legal practitioner and social crusader, Festus Keyamo, has urged politicians and their supporters to engage in issue-based campaign and eschew calumny as the general elections approached.
He said in Lagos on Thursday that the content of ongoing electioneering by candidates of political parties for the elections was more diversionary than issue-based.
”Nigerians expect to know how the candidates want to tackle critical issues in the area of economy, security and fight against corruption, and not mundane matters like someone’s qualifications or personality.
”People are taking note of the volume of money every party is spending on advertisements to disparage opponents,’’ Keyamo said.
He expressed concern that the development could count in the way the electorate would vote in the elections.
”At this point in our democracy, Nigerians only want to hear how their survival woes will end and not debates that play up ethnicity, parochial interests or personality,” he said.
The lawyer maintained that insecurity, corruption and revamping of the nation’s economy were the three critical issues that should dominate the debates toward the general elections.
He condemned those who, he said, had recourse to ethnicity or claiming that it was the time of their tribe to produce the occupant of an elective post.
According to him, such attitude is capable of drawing the nation backward.
He said that Nigeria’s democracy had matured to the level that only those who would deliver the people from their poverty should be voted into office.
”Those who protest against the candidacy of a contestant in a party because to them it is the turn of their tribesman or woman are obsolete in their thinking.
”Voters do not look at this ‘turn-by-turn syndrome’ to cast their votes worldwide, but for candidates that can solve their problems, especially corruption, which is a global phenomenon”.
Keyamo added that Nigerians were taking note of those who made up the campaign teams of candidates, saying that it would count for or against them at the polls. (NAN)