The National Chairman of the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) has charged party candidates for the FCT Area Councils’ Chairmanship and Councillorship elections to uphold the motto of the party, INTEGRITY SACRIFICE SERVICE.
He stated this on Thursday while declaring open a day sensitization program organized by the APM, FCT chapter for leaders and candidates of the party in FCT ahead of the 2022 FCT elections for the Area Council Chairmanship and Councillorship candidates on the provisions in the Manifesto and Constitution of the party to domesticate same in their campaigns for votes in February 2022. He reiterated that APM is a party that promotes inclusive participation of citizens regardless of tribal, religious, or ethnic affiliations and urged the candidates to imbibe the spirit of supporting the creation of an egalitarian society where equality and justice for all becomes the order of the day.
He assured the candidates of the support of the party at the national level to facilitate processes that would engender smooth campaigns and provide guidance towards ensuring victory at the polls in 2022 and beyond.
The National Chairman, Alh. Yusuf Dantalle further stressed that candidates must work hard to mobilize and sensitize electorates to participate in the ongoing Voter Registration and encourage them to go and register to obtain their Permanent Voters’ Card as it is the only weapon with which they can secure victory at the polls. He enjoined party leaders in the FCT to work with the candidates to work towards the party’s victory in the FCT.
Similarly, the National Secretary of the party, Mr. Ayodele Oyadeyi also emphasised the need for mobilization of electorates to acquire their voter’s card as well as assured candidates of the readiness of the National Secretariat to provide institutional support towards victory of the party in the 2022 FCT Area Council polls.
The resource person at the program, the National Treasurer and FCT Senatorial flag bear of the party in 2019 Mrs. Rose D. S. Gyar informed participants that it is important they understand the provisions in the manifesto in order to work in line with the aspirations of the party because they are the flag bearers of the party in the forthcoming elections therefore, they are representing the party and not their selves. She urged them to work as a team with a unified purpose to domesticate the provisions of the party manifesto in their campaigns and beyond, while also being in constant liaison with the party leadership for appropriate guidance towards promoting good governance and providing accountable leadership that is responsive to the yearnings of citizens.
She acknowledged the scarce resources at the disposal of the government to provide adequate services to the citizens but urged the candidates to leverage on the various strategies provided in the manifesto to stimulate creativity and innovation in order to surmount such challenges beginning from the campaigns.
Mrs. Gyar who is also an advocate of good governance, ethical behavioural change, and inclusive engagement and participation of citizens in governance to enhance service delivery by state actors through her organization, Global Centre for Human Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Development (GLOCHEED) did not hesitate to remind the candidates that their campaigns should be based on social contracting with the electorates rather than vote-buying. This she said would make them accountable to the electorates.
She also did not fail to remind them that the party would not hesitate to have the candidates sign a performance bond as a tool for appraisal, encouraging all candidates who are youths to take advantage of the opportunity given to them to represent the party and do what is right so that it will encourage more youths to engage in political processes to support good governance.
On the other hand, responding on behalf of the candidates, the AMAC Chairmanship candidate, Alhaji Bayero congratulated the party for providing such a platform for the candidates to have the opportunity to be informed and gain knowledge about the manifesto of the party and the expectation of the party from them as flag bearers.
He, however, solicited for more engagements in order to continue to share information, acquire knowledge and discuss challenges to surmount them together as a team that is bringing solace to the common man, appreciating the organizers of the programme especially the resource person for drumming into their ears that leadership is about sacrifice, responsiveness to the yearnings of the people, and accountability of stewardship.
He added that they would heed to the warning that electorates would use the same voters’ card used to vote them in to also use to recall them for non-performance.
During his vote of thanks, the APM FCT chairman, Mr. Thomas Akuson thanked all participants, the resource person, and the National Leadership of the party for putting the program together and promised that the party leadership in the FCT would work with the candidates to ensure victory at the polls but solicited for the institutional support and guidance of the National Leadership.