Poor preparation has been said to contribute to why Nigerian politicians did not deliver on electoral promises.
Publisher, The Politico, an online political platform, Lai Omotola said this at the weekend during a press conference to launch a ‘Timer’ for the Countdown to 2019 General Elections, in Maryland, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
The Timer is expected to assist all stakeholders in the Nigerian political space, including the citizens, plan their schedule amidst many other engagement of life.
According to Omotola, Nigerians, politicians and others could log on to politico.ng to view the timer which would update them on the number of days, hours and seconds remaining before the conduct of the Presidential, National Assembly and Governorship elections in 2019.
“The problem we have in this nation is preparation for election. Any government that wants to deliver on electoral promises will need 18 months to plan and prepare. What we are facing in Nigeria is that such planning is not there.
“What we intend to do with our politico.ng is to increase awareness and increase the number of people that will come to vote in 2019. The media need to engage the people on this aspect,” he said.
Editor-in-Chief, The Politico, Emmanuel Malagu stated that the frenzy towards the general elections in 2019 had already started, saying that politicians had already begun to push their agenda subtly through their various political parties.
“Nigerians, through many public discourses and the media have not ceased to express their disappointments and the performance of those holding public positions at the federal, state and local governments,” he said.
Malagu said these developments had been largely blamed on lack of adequate preparations on the part of politicians and a gullible followership which did not take enough time to properly scrutinize their choice of public office holders.
“It is against this background that we are obliged by the agenda-setting function of the mass media to step in with our little contribution towards the elections in 2019. We have therefore, through one of our online platforms, The Politico, beginning a countdown to 2019 general elections with the launch of a ‘Timer.” He said.
“We are by this initiative, hoping that we would have made an impact no matter how little as the time for the elections tickles,” he added.