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2019: Campaigns must be issue-based rather than violence - Lawmakers preach

2019: Campaigns must be issue-based rather than violence - Lawmakers preach

- The lawmakers say elections should no longer lead to violence in Lagos as candidates must campaign based on issues

- Bisi Yusuff urges the Lagos state government to clear heaps of refuse now dotting its nooks and cranies

- Residents of the state make new demands from Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Lawmakers in Lagos state met with their constituents on Thursday, August 9, declaring that they were concerned about the conduct and outcome of the forthcoming general elections in the country.

At a town hall meeting, Hon Bisi Yusuff, the representative of Alimosho constituency 1, told guests at the event he organised that there was the need for everyone in the country to be concerned.

The meeting was held simultaneuously by all the 40 lawmakers in the state including the speaker, Mudashiru Obasa.

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Yusuff said the aims of the stakeholders' meeting included the need for everyone to have the right to take part in the environment of the government of Lagos state.

He also emphasised that every Lagos resident should have equal access to public service as well as for a more conducive environment to be created for credible elections in 2019.

"It is also because of our concern for the peaceful conduct of the 2019 elections. In view of this, we your representatives wish to enjoin you our leaders, members and supporters of political parties and groups to assume the responsibility to conduct ourselves in a way that promote peace and unity of purpose during and after the elections.

"The electoral process is one of the most important features of democracy with voters as the major stakeholders.

“The electorate must have confidence in the process for them to participate as this makes government itself to be responsible and responsive to the needs of the people,” Yusuff said as he read from a general speech to be presented by all the lawmakers.

While reacting to some demands by the residents of his constituency, Yusuff noted that the state Assembly was not happy with the heaps of refuse that have dotted almost every part of the state.

He said the state government must take urgent steps to prevent an epidemic that would cost it huge funds to resolve.

“We at the Assembly are not happy with the state of Lagos environment. We know that before Tinubu, the entire Lagos was very dirty. We know how Tinubu cleared the wastes during his time.

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“If it requires an emergency to clear the wastes, we will support the governor to achieve this. We need to prevent epidemics,” he said while commending Speaker Obasa for the idea of the town hall meeting.

He pleaded with religious and community leaders to ensure that they enlighten their people for peaceful and successful conducts during and after the 2019 elections.

Some of the constituents commended the governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, for the projects he had completed in the constituency just as they called on him to focus on the inner roads.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the speaker of the Borno House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, declared that the entire state will vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Lawan boasted that the current gale of defections from the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not get near the state.

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