Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
Participants at the United Nations Developments Programme (UNDP) yesterday charged politicians to play the game according to rules and shun do-or-die politics
The participants further agreed that the jumbo pay and allowances of politicians have made politics a do-or-die affair.
This came to the fore at the second day of the workshop organised by UNDP in respect of the September 22 governorship election in Osun State.
The participants stressed that if salaries of politicians are moderate, people will see politics as an avenue to serve.
The forum also put part of the blame on voters who demand money from politicians before casting their votes, noting that if electorate can shun moneybags in politics, society can elect people who will work to uplift their communities.
The high level dialogue for stakeholders in the coming election in Osun State took a swipe at politicians who use election period to reach out to the electorate in terms of money instead of rendering services to their communities ahead of elections.
The meeting which had in attendance monarchs and representatives of some political parties also appealed to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agents to see them themselves as critical and instrumental in election projects.
The people of the state were also advised to stop putting financial pressure on politicians, affirming that the pressure to meet people’s individual needs makes politicians steal public funds preparatory for another election.