By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI â€” THE Borno State Chapter of the Conference of Political Parties, CNPP, has called on Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to demonstrate more commitment to the conduct of credible elections in 2011.
Chairman of the group, Alhaji Ayuba Mohammed Bello told newsmen in an interview, yesterday, that the conference met in Maiduguri for two days to review the state of the nation.
He said they subsequently resolved to put strategies in place to support the Federal Government for the conduct of free and fair elections in 2011 which would be devoid of rigging.
On Borno politics
Bello disclosed that the conference also reviewed political events in Borno State and concluded that the socio-economic growth and fortune of the state has â€œdwindled due to the collapse of all industries as well as manufacturing companies in the stateâ€.
He observed that the high level of poverty in the state was alarming, adding that the 85 percent poverty rate, as released by the Federal Bureau of Statistics, was unacceptable.
He urged the state government to be more proactive on the issue of unemployment and dearth of medical practitioners in the state, stressing that the two major challenges portend grave danger to the survival of democracy and conduct of credible elections.
According to him, CNPP is committed to effecting a smooth change of leadership through credible elections in the state, even as he stressed that effective and sustainable strategies ought to be put in place to avoid any crisis during or after elections.
He said the conference of political parties in the state has resolved to support credible and experienced individuals in the state who were committed to positive change.
While calling on some people he described as credible individual to show interest in the governance of the state as the election period approaches, he said the people were looking forward to receiving more of the dividends of good governance.