Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde said on Wednesday that he was hopeful that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would begin to take steps that would show Nigerians that the party is different and willing to work for their best interests now that new leadership will soon take over the administration.
Makinde, who insisted that elected officeholders on the PDP platform must demonstrate that the party is ready to nurture good governance at all levels, noted that there is a link between elective officeholders’ performance and the country’ s high level of voter indifference.
Governor Makinde, who chaired one of the sessions at the newly- elected PDP Officers’ retreat in Abuja, urged the party to end voter apathy by mobilizing women and youths, who represent critical segments of the voting population, according to a statement by the governor’ s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa.
According to the governor, the PDP must address voter apathy ahead of the 2023 general election, as the results of the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections revealed that less than 30 million voters participated in each election, despite the fact that there were just under 85 million registered voters.
However, he emphasized that the party must address the issue of elective officeholders betraying people’ trust and confidence in order to address the issue of youth and women engagement in politics.
” I’ d like you to keep in mind, whenever the speakers mention young, that Nigeria has a population of roughly 78 million people between the ages of 16 and 40, and that when they say women, we should think of about 100 million people, ” he stated.
” As politicians, we are interested in figures, therefore I’ ve decided to start with this information. ” With a voting populace of less than 30 million people, the 2015 presidential election was won and lost. In 2019, the numbers were similar, with fewer than 30 million people casting ballots. The total number of registered voters in both circumstances was little around 85 million.
” We can obviously see that we have an electoral participation problem based on these data. ” To begin with, people who are eligible to vote are not doing so.
” As we move ahead to 2023, one of the important concerns we must address is voter indifference, and we cannot successfully address youth involvement in Nigerian politics and mobilizing youth and women in Nigerian politics while ignoring the root causes of this apathy. ”
” If we’ re being honest, we’ ll admit that voter apathy is primarily due to the political class’ s failure to make itself relevant to the voting public. We overpromise and underdeliver, and the people suffer as a result.
” We have a growing population of destitute Nigerians, and many young people believe that leaving the nation is their only option for economic stability. ” Why should people care about voting, then?
” If politicians at all levels have a positive impact on people’ s lives, they will care more about who holds these positions and who wins elections. ” As a result, the solution starts with us- those of us in this room who hold elective posts. What are we doing with the trust that has been bestowed upon us?
” With this new dispensation and new party leadership, I am hoping that we will begin to take steps that will demonstrate to Nigerians that the PDP is different. ”
However, we need people to vote because, as history has proven, elections are more difficult to manipulate when people are engaged and invested in the process. ” ” Let me leave you with this statistic, ” the governor added. The Independent National Electoral Commission said in September 2021 that it had received over 3 million new voter registrations. Approximately 90 million people will be registered to vote in the 2023 elections.
As a result, if women and teenagers alone number around 120 million, we still have a lot of mobilizing to do. ” I hope we take this as a wake- up call and start doing our part right away to combat voter apathy. ”
In related news, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party’ s (PDPnew )’ s National Working Committee will ‘ hit the ground running. ‘ When Atiku met with the incoming members of the NWC in Abuja on Tuesday, he confirmed that he was the party’ s presidential candidate in the last general election.
” Earlier today, I had the pleasure of meeting with colleagues and members of the incoming NWC of our great party, the PDP. It’ s exciting to see how quickly the new NWC will get up and running.
So, ” I wish them great success in growing the party and restoring the country, ” Atiku wrote on Twitter. It is obvious that 2023 remains the election year where leaders at various levels will be elected.