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Canvassing Support: How To Effectively Sell Your Candidate

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PART I – Voters Demographic Analysis

The first and right step you have to take when going to canvass is to study and understand the demographics of the area. Demographic analysis is the study of a population-based on factors such as age, and sex.

Demographic data refers to socioeconomic information expressed statistically, they are; employment, education, income, marriage rates, birth and death rates, religion, language and more.

These are the factors that you must put into consideration before you embark on any sensitization programme to any neighborhood you’re unfamiliar with so as to organize and arm yourself with the needed communication tools to engage properly with them without constituting nuisance to their environment.

You must understand the type of people you’re planning to talk to.
Before you move, make sure you must have satisfactorily answered the following questions;

  1. What is the level of crime and violence in this area?
  2. What are the most common types of crime that occurs in this area?
  3. What are the safest periods to be in this area?
  4. What are the norms or traditions that must be respected?

The answers you get will determine how you’d present yourself going forward.

Part II – Interaction: How To Engage with Voters

A good intention could easily be misinterpreted if communicated very poorly, this is why it is important to know how to properly engage with voters so that any form of glitch or misunderstanding doesn’t occur.

For election and canvassing which is usually a very sensitive topic in many parts of the country, one must be extremely careful on how communication is initiated and sustained in the course of the sensitization rally or programme.

I have highlighted various indices for engaging voters and how to proceed.

i. How to engage people based on their religious beliefs – Once you find out the religion of a voter directly or indirectly, try as much as possible to integrate relatable religious precedents to them based on their religious beliefs.

As you present evidence based reasons why they should join you, complement these reasons with Bible or Quranic verses that agree with your position. This will make them more susceptible to trusting and believing your words because you have cited examples which their faith also supports.

ii. How to engage people based on their traditional beliefs – It is adviced that grassroots sensitizations are best done by people of similar cultural heritage to the area intended for this purpose.

This is because they most likely will share the same language, foods, norms. etc. When words come from a person of similar heritage, intention is communicated and understood easily because of the shared heritage.

A Hausa man in a scanty village in Mbaitoli of Imo state will do a poor job in vote canvassing but will do far much better in Kano where he shares cultural and traditional beliefs with people he wishes to canvass.

iii. How to engage people based on their level of education – Speaking big grammar to a truck pusher without a secondary or primary education is to a high degree pointless. Come down to the level of knowledge which their education level afforded them.

Speak pidgin and make gesticulations that show that you understand their struggle. Show them that you are also from the ‘street’. When you meet the very educated ones, engage them intellectually.

Different strokes for different folks, it is however advised to keep dialogue very simple at all times except where necessary.

iv. How to engage people based on their occupation – Do you think the kind of economic conversation you’d have with a lawyer will be the same with that of a businessman?

While a doctor complains of poor working environment and inadequate salary, a businessman would be restless about his loan application which was just denied or the security of his whatehouse which is prone to armed robbery attacks.

Certainly you can’t strike the same type of socio-economic discussions with both. Engage accordingly. Assure a businessman how the new government will provide more loans and grants, convince the doctor that the new government plans to restructure their salary and welfare packages.

v. How to engage people based on their age – An 82 year old woman has already lived life, a 19 year old boy has only started life, do you think that both parties should be told the same thing? Absolutely no: while you assure mama of how the new government will provide free healthcare for the elderly the young man is interested only in what will get him to his life ambition.

Tell him how the new government will be youth friendly and how opportunities will be accessible to common people like him.

vi. How to engage people based on their gender – This is easy. Tell the women how the government will run an all inclusive country where everyone irrespective of their gender will be treated equally.

Assure them of women safety and how the new government plans to reduce the rate of rape, unwanted pregnancies and domestic abuse of women. Tell the men men things!

vii. How to engage people based on their community/quality of life- The gospel you’ll preach to a millionaire in his Victoria Island condo is certainly not the same with that of a mushin resident.

While one is looking for opportunities to manage and grow their wealth, the other may be looking for capital to start a business. Preach to them different sermons based on their socioeconomic conditions.

PART III – Voting Mentality

People approach the idea of elections and voting differently and it is sometimes necessary to understand ones mindset when trying to recruit them to join your movement.

There are 5 categories of voters in this segment;

  1. Those who share the same party with you- These are the people who are party members already. They don’t need to be recruited.
  2. Those who are undecided – These are those who don’t know which party to vote for, these are the best people to canvass. From their response you’d know where their vote is leaning to. if it’s the same with yours, give them more reasons to join you, if they are leaning to the opposition, reset their thinking by giving them evidence based reasons why your choice is better
  3. Those who don’t want to vote – These are the ones who believe their votes don’t count. They have never voted. Their PVC serves just as an identity card and nothing more. Sit them down, buy them a drink, show them how important every vote is and how this movement will sabotage every ploy to rig the election. In ekiti, votes where bought with as much as 10k, if it doesn’t count then why are they paying.
  4. Those who are paid to vote – These are usually the hardest to convince. A lot of them actually go through the PVC registration and collection stress solely for this reason; to ‘cashout’ during elections. Take your time to talk to them, use their immediate environment to show them how past administrations have abandoned and treated them unfairly. Make them understand that when they sell their votes, they sell their future.
  5. Those who are loyal to opposition – These are people who eat, live and breathe their party. They are prone to violence and are easily triggered. Engage them respectfully and once it isn’t returned in a friendly manner, apologize and take your leave.

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African Union Takes Action: Republic of Niger Suspended Amidst Political Unrest

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In a decisive move that reverberated across the continent, the African Union (AU) announced the suspension of the Republic of Niger from its membership ranks.

This momentous decision was unveiled during the African Union’s Peace and Security Council meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday, August 22.

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The suspension stems from the recent political turmoil that engulfed the nation, with the African Union pointing to the coup orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani on Wednesday, July 26. As part of a series of sanctions imposed on the francophone West African country, the Republic of Niger faced the repercussions of its internal upheaval.

The African Union’s stance was uncompromising, as it made it clear that Western nations seeking to meddle in African affairs should refrain from interfering. This firm message was directed from the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the AU’s call for autonomy echoed loudly.

The events leading up to Niger’s suspension unfolded against a backdrop of political uncertainty and unrest. The coup in Niger, orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani, prompted the Afican Union to take action. Their decision to suspend Niger was not taken lightly and was ratified during the Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 22.

The aftermath of the military takeover in left President Mohamed Bazoum in captivity, held under the close watch of the juntas in Niger. Despite international pressure, the release of the president and his family remains elusive. This tense situation compelled the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene, imposing sanctions on Niger and establishing a deadline for the initiation of military intervention by the sub-regional body’s standby forces.

The suspension of the Republic of Niger from the African Union serves as a stark reminder of the continent’s commitment to upholding stability and safeguarding democratic governance. The swift response underscores the African Union’s dedication to maintaining order and security within its member states, sending a resounding message to the global community about the importance of respecting Africa’s sovereignty.

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Peter Obi: “I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria”

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In a recent tweet that has caught the attention of many, @MissPearls shares an inspiring declaration made by former Anambra state governor and Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi. According to @MissPearls, Peter Obi proclaimed, “I campaigned for Presidency because I can say it any day, I Will SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA. All these confusion everywhere can BE SOLVED, and I am PREPARED for it”

Peter Obi: I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria.

Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency in the recent elections stirred considerable excitement and garnered support from diverse quarters, particularly the youth demographic. The former governor is known for his progressive ideas and pragmatic approach to governance, which resonated with many Nigerians who sought change and effective solutions to the country’s myriad challenges.

Despite his extensive support and well-articulated vision, Peter Obi’s presidential ambitions faced formidable opponents in the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released results that placed him behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who emerged as the winner, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second. However, these results were met with skepticism due to apparent electoral irregularities that marred the integrity of the process.

In response to the controversial election outcome, both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar filed legal challenges against the INEC’s declaration. This move underscores their commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that the voice of the electorate is accurately reflected. As the election Tribunal Judges prepare to deliver their verdict, Nigeria watches with bated breath, eager to witness justice being served.

Meanwhile, the administration of Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken significant policy actions since assuming office. The removal of fuel subsidies and the decision to float the Naira have triggered mixed reactions across the nation. While these measures may be intended to foster economic stability and growth, the immediate consequences have been felt by everyday Nigerians. The cost of living has surged, and the socio-economic effects on the rich and the poor have become more pronounced.

As the Nigerian population navigates these shifts, the aftermath of the election and the ensuing governance strategies offer a critical juncture for evaluating the nation’s trajectory. The voices of discontent, expressed by citizens facing the brunt of these policies, highlight the necessity for leaders to prioritize the well-being of the populace while pursuing economic advancements. It is essential for the government to strike a balance between fiscal prudence and safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable segments of society.

The policy changes implemented by Bola Tinubu have shed light on the delicate balance between progress and the welfare of the people. As the nation waits for the tribunal’s judgment and the dust settles on the recent election, Nigeria stands at a crossroads, with the potential to reshape its future trajectory and address the systemic challenges that have held it back for far too long.

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Youths in Kano Defy Police Ban to Protest Alleged Tribunal Bribery

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Hundreds of determined youths in Kano took to the streets, defying a police ban, to protest what they perceive as attempts to manipulate the state election petition tribunal. This incident unfolded against the backdrop of a ban on protests by the Commissioner of Police, Usuani Gumel, following revelations of alleged plots to obstruct justice through financial inducement in legal proceedings.

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The rally, which unfolded outside the state government house, saw impassioned youths brandishing placards with messages that underscored their commitment to justice and the integrity of the electoral process. Their actions were sparked by concerns over an alleged plan to bribe the state election petition tribunal, casting a shadow over the fairness of the process.

The ban on protests was issued in response to recent revelations made by Justice Flora Azinge, who unveiled purported schemes by lawyers to disrupt the course of justice through financial incentives. The Commissioner of Police cited “confirmatory intelligence products” as the basis for this decision, leaving a contentious atmosphere surrounding the freedom of assembly and the right to peaceful protest.

This ban, however, failed to deter the resolute youths who carried a variety of placards conveying their strong stance against corruption, manipulation, and injustice. The slogans they chanted resonated with their determination to safeguard the sanctity of the electoral process and uphold transparency in governance.

Among the messages displayed, one placard caught the eye with its direct callout: “Gandollar, stop spoiling the name of Tinubu.” This highlights the allegation that financial impropriety is tainting the reputation of key political figures.

In a video circulated online, the enthusiastic protesters chanted slogans that echoed their deep-seated concerns. Chants of “No to corruption,” “No to injustice,” and “No to manipulation” reverberated through the crowd, embodying the youth’s unwavering commitment to fair and accountable governance.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf praised the peaceful conduct of the protesters and assured them that their concerns would be relayed to President Bola Tinubu. This gesture recognizes the role of the youth in shaping political discourse and underscores the importance of their voices in the pursuit of a just society.

In conclusion, the youths in Kano have seized the moment to voice their concerns and demands for an unbiased electoral process. Their defiance of the police ban serves as a reminder that public sentiment cannot be easily suppressed. As this incident unfolds, it raises important questions about the delicate balance between freedom of assembly, legitimate protest, and maintaining public order. It also underscores the critical role of the youth in shaping the political landscape and demanding accountability from their leaders.

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