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2011: Jonathan woos civil society, rights activists

BY LAJA THOMAS

As the general elections draw near, President Goodluck Jonathan has reached out to the civil society organisations and activists, calling for their support in the forth coming election. This came as the president is said to have recognised the role played by civil society in enthroning democracy.

At the South West civil society stakeholders’ summit on this year’s presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, the Director of Civil Society, Presidential Campaign Council, Dr Tosin Awolalu said the president is reaching out to the activists based on the historical fact that they are instrumental, through various struggles and agitations, to the enthronement of democracy, despite the years of military dictatorship in the country.

‘We proceed with this campaign fully persuaded that civil society organisations are not intrusive agents. We see you as partners in good governance’’ said Awolalu adding that ‘’the mandate of the civil society directorate in the presidential campaign council is not just to mobilise support for the Goodluck/Sambo programme of action, it is also expected to create a platform for interaction between the civil society and government such that all can continue to participate meaningfully in good governance’’.

He stated that the intervention of the civil society in the coming administration is to hold the leaders accountable.


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