Ahead of next month’s general elections, a non-partisan organisation, the Centre for Better Society in Nigeria, has urged Nigerians to vote for leaders with proven records of performance and not those who come with empty promises.
The CBSN said that during this period of electioneering, many politicians were busy cajoling the electorate to get their votes, even against their own conviction that they were deceiving them.
The group, in a statement in Lagos on Thursday by its National President, Vincent Ibhaze; National Vice-President, Dixton Jubril; and National Publicity Secretary, Obue Kennedy, urged the electorate not to toy with their votes by voting in the wrong persons.
It said that political sovereignty was in the hands of the electorate, adding that the calibre of people they cast their votes for would go a long way in determining the future of the country.
The group singled out some leaders for commendation for their selfless services and the way they had impacted on the people since their assumption of office.
Among the leaders commended were President Goodluck Jonathan; Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola; and Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
The CBSN said though it could be argued that it was too early to jump to conclusion about those people they had praised, it contended that they had continually ensured that the living standard of their people were adequately catered for through the provision of people-oriented programmes, respect for the rule of law, among others.
“We at CBSN are making this statement not as a mouth-piece of any individual, organisation or government, but because we believe in good governance, social justice and the evolvement of an egalitarian society. It is based on these ideals that we are giving credit to those who have salvaged humanity by their good deeds and leadership skills,” the statement said.
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2011: ‘Vote leaders with proven records of performance’