Political campaigns

Political campaigns should be issue-based, Ayorinde tells politicians

A former chairman of the Nigeria Legal Aid Council, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), called on Monday for political campaigns to be based on issues that will lift people out of current poverty and insecurity.

“We cannot afford to continue to pursue bitter and divisive politics along ethnic and religious lines. Indeed, this type of policy portends great danger to our unity, our growth and the maintenance of our democracy,” he said.

Ayorinde, who gave advice on when the PDP candidate paid a courtesy visit to him at his residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, hailed him for his courage, resilience, selflessness and his nobility in always placing the welfare and unity of the people above himself and his vision of a greater Nigeria through investments in people.

According to Ayorinde, the People’s Democratic Party candidate carries the hopes and expectations of thousands of indigenous people in Oyo State, adding that “our people, the people of Oyo State, need hope; they must be able to believe in politicians.

He stressed the need for politicians to avoid unnecessary attacks on personalities and the use of abusive language, adding that “the task of ensuring peaceful elections in 2023 is our collective responsibility. There is a need for candidates and parties to address the issues facing the daily life of the average Nigerian.

“People have to be able to believe in their leaders and if the leaders are within the political party, that political party has to have an ideology that appeals to them, that makes them feel wanted, that makes them feel supported and I think that role is so crucial,” he added.