Former EDHA Speaker Urges Journalists To Be  Watchdog Of Society 

Former EDHA Speaker Urges Journalists To Be  Watchdog Of Society 

Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City

Former Edo State House of Assembly Speaker, Elizabeth Ativie has charged journalists to perform their role as the watchdog of the society by projecting hardworking and experience aspirants for political positions over money politics.

She noted that because of monetization of politics, the election process in Nigeria has been corrupted.

Honourable Elizabeth Ativie stated this recently when she paid  a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Union of Journalist NUJ Press Centre, Benin City to intimate them of her readiness to contest the forthcoming Federal House of Representative election for Ohunwunde/Orhionmwon Federal Constituency.

Rt. Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie said , “the reason so many wrong persons are sent to represent the people is because of financial involvement, which is not the right thing, some people collect money and vote the wrong ones.” She stated.

she said , “I am  contesting for the position  because I  have the needed experience and qualifications to run coupled with the burning desire and passion to serve my people – Uhunmwonde/Orhionmwon federal constituency.

According to her, “the House of Representatives is not for the inexperience. It requires political sagacity, training and competence.”

The formal EDHA speaker said: “The House of Representatives and by extension the Senate is not a place for those who are new in politics. You can’t come in and spend your first two years learning how to address the Chairman of the House, how to move motion or how to perform oversight functions.”

She promised that when elected, she would leverage on her experience as a former Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly to bring dividend of democracy to her constituency.

Responding, the Chairman Nigerian Union of Journalists, Edo State Chapter, Mr. Festus Alenkhe said though journalists are non political in matter of election, he  assured that journalists in the State will use their pen to promote and support competent and experienced women like Hon. Elizabeth Ativie, who are vying for political positions in the State.


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