The need to ensure that elected and appointed officers are made answerable for their tenure in office was part of the resolutions reached at a leadership training workshop.
Tagged “Grassroots Development Approaches and the Challenges of Electoral Politics,” the workshop held on Monday at the Action Congress (AC) party secretariat for Ilesa East local government council Area of Osun State, was designed for the party’s officials and candidates at the ward and local government levels.
The one-day workshop had participants drawn from the six local government council areas in Ijesaland, comprising also the councils’ party chairmen, women and youth leaders at the ward and council levels.
The first lecture that was delivered on “Grassroots Development Approaches” did insightful dissection of the concept, structure and attributes of governance in Nigeria, and Governance and Millennium Development goals (MDGS), highlighting public accountability, environmental sustainability, place of women and traditional institutions in the contemporary art and science of governance.
“Challenges of Electoral Contest”, the second lecture, exhaustively looked at the strategies for mobilization for elections and defence of votes for victory at the polls.
Earlier, participants had formed a long queue to register for the workshop, and workshop materials were issued out to them by the Institute for Development and Democratic Studies (IDDS), Lagos, the workshop organizers.
The facilitators, Ajayi Popoola and Kolawole Abiodun had hectic time answering question from the participants during the workshop intractive session.
The workshop initiated and planned by the Ultimate Group, a wing of the Action Congress in the state was effectively attended by the party State Chairman Alhaji Moshood Adeoti represented by Hon. Adelowo Adebiyi, AC Ife/Ijesa Senatorial leader, AC State Secretary, Hon. Gboyega Famodun parliamentarian for Ilesa East and West, Honourables Timothy Owoeye and Folarin Fafowora and a host of fierce loyalists and supporters of the party.
In his keynote address, the Ife-Ijesa senatorial leader redefined dividends of democracy as “accountability, fairness, equity, justice and transparency,” adding also that the workshop was expected to improve the participants’ knowledge, skills in politics and politicking for poll victory and inculcate in them new political attitude.
Chief Jumoke Ogunkeyede, Ultimate Group chairman in the state saluted the tenacity of purpose of Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, AC governorship candidate in the state and his overall contributions to the continued political development of stalwarts and members of the party.
Ogunkeyede described his group as victory enhancer for the party in the state.
Chairman at the workshop, Honourable Babatunde Ajilore, a one-time chairman, league of secretaries to the local government councils in Lagos State, set the tone for the conference in his opening remarks. He lauded Aregbesola, describing him as a man of history and scourge of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State.
He stated that the workshop has five sessions, with the first session already held on Friday 6, June in Ile-Ife, and the subsequent ones slated for Ikirun Tuesday, 14, Iwo Monday 20, Ede Tuesday 21 and Osogbo Wednesday 22 this month.
Abiodun Aremu, the IDDS Executive Coordinator, in a brief remark described the objectives of a political party as a continuing enterprise “that goes beyond just fielding candidates for election”.