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2023: Institute advises candidates to choose poll agents early

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 Mr Akogun Oyedepo the President Nations Leadership Institute has advised candidates contesting elections to choose their agents early because they are very crucial in winning elections Oyedepo gave the advice on Wednesday in Ilorin at a training workshop for candidates contesting for political posts Speaking on the workshop themed How to win elections Oyedepo declared that agents could make or mar elections It is our belief in this institute that party agents can make or mar election because they are at the final very final stage of the electoral process They are the ones that can permit fraudulent practices at the balloting areas their negligence can cause candidates to lose an election If they are the type that can easily compromise certainly they will destroy the election Therefore the election can only be made or marred by agents he said Oyedepo a lawyer said the institute has been advising politicians to appoint their agents long before the election and bring them for training We will give them the quality of a typical agent what they should look out for when looking for agents It is not only that they should have natural ability or talent they should still be trained so that they did not destroy what they have been building long before the election he added He also said that political rallies with large crowd cannot win an election because messages in such rallies have no effect on voters adding that rallies are carnivals for dancing and singing and not to swing voters to their camp Oyedepo therefore advised candidates to focus more on town hall meetings and door to door campaigns to ensure personal contact with voters and pass the campaign message directly to them He also advised candidates to always utilise social media platforms like Facebook Instagram Telegraph and Twitter extensively to reach more voters to get a following for their campaign activities To win an election a candidate needs to plan properly and utilise available financial resources optimally to achieve electoral victory A good election campaign is key and vital in ensuring victory during an election Oyedepo said Dr Luqman Saka of the Department of Political Science University of Ilorin also spoke on Campaign plan and manifesto Saka said that the purpose of a campaign is to attract public support for a political cause project a party and its candidates and promote a public policy To this end a vivid example of a campaign is a group political or social canvassing for a political candidate running for political office A campaign can also relate to a coordinated series of operations undertaken to achieve a set goal there can be an election campaign a military campaign or a marketing campaign he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
2023: Institute advises candidates to choose poll agents early

1 Mr Akogun Oyedepo, the President, Nations Leadership Institute, has advised candidates contesting elections to choose their agents early because they are very crucial in winning elections.

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2 Oyedepo gave the advice on Wednesday in Ilorin at a training workshop for candidates contesting for political posts.

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3 Speaking on the workshop themed: “How to win elections,” Oyedepo declared that agents could make or mar elections.

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4 “It is our belief in this institute that party agents can make or mar election because they are at the final, very final stage of the electoral process.

5 “They are the ones that can permit fraudulent practices at the balloting areas; their negligence can cause candidates to lose an election.

6 “If they are the type that can easily compromise, certainly they will destroy the election.

7 Therefore, the election can only be made or marred by agents,” he said.

8 Oyedepo, a lawyer, said the institute has been advising politicians to appoint their agents long before the election and bring them for training.

9 “We will give them the quality of a typical agent, what they should look out for when looking for agents.

10 “It is not only that they should have natural ability or talent; they should still be trained so that they did not destroy what they have been building long before the election,” he added.

11 He also said that political rallies with large crowd cannot win an election because messages in such rallies have no effect on voters, adding that rallies are carnivals for dancing and singing, and not to swing voters to their camp.

12 Oyedepo therefore advised candidates to focus more on town hall meetings and door-to-door campaigns to ensure personal contact with voters and pass the campaign message directly to them.

13 He also advised candidates to always utilise social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Telegraph and Twitter extensively to reach more voters to get a following for their campaign activities.

14 “To win an election, a candidate needs to plan properly and utilise available financial resources optimally to achieve electoral victory.

15 “A good election campaign is key and vital in ensuring victory during an election,” Oyedepo said.

16 Dr Luqman Saka of the Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin, also spoke on “Campaign plan and manifesto”.

17 Saka said that the purpose of a campaign is to attract public support for a political cause, project a party and its candidates, and promote a public policy.

18 “To this end, a vivid example of a campaign is a group, political or social canvassing for a political candidate running for political office.

19 “A campaign can also relate to a coordinated series of operations undertaken to achieve a set goal, there can be an election campaign, a military campaign, or a marketing campaign,” he said.

20 NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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