2023: Foundation rolls out campaign against vote-buying | Dailytrust

2023: Foundation rolls out campaign against vote-buying

Women displays their numbers collected from Hajia, to be exchanged later for wrappers. PHOTOS BY: Ismail Mudashir.
Women displays their numbers collected from Hajia, to be exchanged later for wrappers. PHOTOS BY: Ismail Mudashir.

The Akin Fadeyi Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has unveiled a campaign to sensitise Nigerians on the need to elect to shun vote-buying and elect credible politicians during the 2023 general elections.

The campaign, titled ‘2023 Elections: Put on Your Thinking Cap’, was unveiled yesterday in Abuja by the founder, Akin Fadeyi.

Fadeyi said the foundation had designed jingles and video clips that would be aired in various Nigerian languages on television, radio and all social media platforms.

He said his foundation would also partner with National Orientation Agency, civic groups, media organisations and volunteers to get the message to the grassroots.

He also expressed confidence that the project would go a long way to challenge the conscience of the electorate to make the right choices during the election.

Fadeyi said, “We are rolling out robust channels of communication through the traditional and social media to engage the electorate in both the urban and rural areas.

“We have translated our jingles and video clips containing our messages into the various Nigerian languages to enable us to reach a large spectrum of our people in the rural communities across Nigeria.

“We are preaching against vote-buying and the need to shun corrupt politicians by probing their plans for the people they want to govern.

“It is high time people shun bribes from corrupt politicians because when they get into office, most of them live in affluence while the people they govern are left to wallow in abject poverty.”

The event was attended virtually by prominent citizens and media professionals including Akinola Idowu, Simon Kolawole, and Mojeed Jamiu.

Mojeed advocated for independent candidacy, saying the major political parties are populated with the same set of people who had been ruling the country for long.

Petra Onyegbule, a former chief press secretary to Kogi State governor, said there was the need to continue to advocate the inclusion of vibrant and intelligent Nigerians in the major political parties.

“This is because it is difficult to get an independent candidate or someone from smaller parties to become president.

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