By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
A media organisation, McKinggs Media Productions, will be holding a national discourse on the 2019 general elections in Nigeria with the theme “2019 Elections: Curbing the Twin Bottleneck of Vote Buying and Voter Apathy.”
According to a press statement issued by the Project Director, Mr Oki Samson, the Executive Governor of Borno, His Excellency, Gov. Kashim Shettima, Executive Governor of Taraba, Arc. Darius Ishaku, Former Lagos State PDP Chairman, Hon. Moshood Salvador, Honorable Member Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Bayo Osinowo, Former Hon. Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Government Relations, Lagos State, Chief Teju Phillips, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adeshina, Chairman, Ovation Media Group, Chief Dele Momodu and Special Adviser, Communications to the Honorable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Hakeem Bello, were voted to be honored at the fifth annual national discourse and awards ceremony.
The statement reads, “The ceremony is expected to be in a class of its own as eminent Nigerians, captain of Industries, Government officials, entrepreneurs, other Africa personalities and members of the Press will be in attendance at the award dinner.
“Salvador, a Former Lagos PDP Chairman, was chosen to Chair and deliver a speech on the Theme: “2019 Elections: Curbing the Twin Bottleneck of Vote Buying and Voter Apathy” based on his wealth of leadership and political experience as a grassroot politician. He is a former member of the House of Representatives, Philanthropist, a successful manager of men and resources and a renowned national statesman.”
The statement reads further, “Other Speaker and Panelists for the National Discourse session are Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adeshina, Chief Dele Momodu, Chief Mrs. Teju Phillips and Mr. Hakeem Bello.
“The event will be hosted by celebrity Liberian Peace Ambassador; Aletha Kpor and Nigeria’s TV Presenter; Louisa Olaniyi of Rave TV and will hold at Presken Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos on Sunday 28th October, 2018 by 3pm.
“The theme was deliberately chosen to carefully address the political state of the Nation. As Nigerians go to the polls again in the 2019 general elections, two issues, amongst others, have been observed to have impeded the success of elections in the most populous African country. These are vote buying and voter apathy.
“The electoral umpire warns that participation in the voting process has dipped even further from 2015. How do we stem the tide of these twin bottlenecks in order that the upcoming 2019 elections will be a successful poll? How can Nigerians help Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have a good showing in the conduct of the polls? What is the role of the media and political parties in sensitizing citizens about elections? How can 2019 elections have huge turnout of voters? These are some of the burning questions that need to be urgently addressed.”
The statement ends, “The Trek Africa Awards 2018 Criteria focus largely on Personality, Leadership style, Uncommon Patriotism, Entrepreneurship, Level of Success recorded and Degree of Societal Impact.”