Delivering a lecture organized by the All Nigerian United Nations Students and Youth Association’s Conference (University of Ibadan Chapter) he posited that ‘’there is no gain saying that the media has a big role to play, not only in ensuring that elections are transparent, but in ensuring also, that the outcome of any given election reflects the true wishes of the people’’
The event which was held at Alumni Auditorium, University of Ibadan, Thursday, was themed: The Role Of The Media In Ensuring People’s Vote Count.
‘’The media are responsible for providing information, education and entertainment. The word media was first used in reference to books and newspapers, that is the print media. But with the advent of technology, media now encompasses television, movies, radio and the internet’, he said.
The publisher noted that the watchdog role of the media, “naturally comes to bear at election periods; adding that ‘’it is safe to propagate therefore that the media is essential to democracy, and a democratic election is impossible without it’’.
‘’A free and fair election is not only about the freedom to vote and the knowledge of how to cast a vote, but also about a participatory process where voters engage in public debate and have adequate information about parties, policies, candidates and the election process itself in order to make informed choices. The media acts as a watchdog to democratic elections, safeguarding the transparency of the process’’.
INEC’S Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo State, Barrister Mutiu Olaleke Agboke who was delivered the keynote speaker at the event urged politicians to shun violence while urging youths not to malleable tools in the hands of the political parties.
The Head of Media and Publicity of The National Orientation Agency, Alhaji Kehinde Isiaka, representing the State Director of the agency, Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu, spoke on vote buying, urging students not to be part of the political scandal that is presently rocking the nation’s political space.
In his remarks, President of the association, Mr Oluwasegun Olalekan Oladokun said the event was a political conference, 2019 organised by All Nigerian United Nations Students and Youth Association (ANUNSA), University of Ibadan.
The association was established in 1958 at the University of Ibadan and it’s the first registered and recognised United Nations Students and Youth Association in Nigeria.