As part of plans to ensure peaceful and credible elections in 2019, the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe NIDOE, has announced plans to host Nigeria’s presidential candidates in Vienna, Austria.
This was made known in a statement realeased in Abuja on Sunday by the chairman of NIDOE, Kenneth Gbandi.
To this effect, letters of invitation have been sent to the various candidates through their political parties.
What is the rationale behind the meeting?
According to Gbandi, the invitation is part of various activities lined up for the Annual General Meeting of NIDOE, expected to hold between November 8 and 10.
The meeting will avail members of NIDOE the opportunity to get informed on the candidates’ plan of action and what they hope to offer Nigerians once elected into power.
“It will also be an avenue to know how they intend to collaborate with the Diaspora for the advancement of our nation,”the statement noted.
What is NIDOE’s advice to aspirants?
The association is stressing on the importance of peace and the need to make it a major feature of the forthcoming 2019 general elections. Members equally called on politicans to play the game according to the rules with the aim of ensuring lives and properties are secured prior to and after the election.
“We will like to remind the political class that there is an urgent need to refrain from any act that will throw Nigeria into turmoil ahead of the 2019 general election.
“The interests of Nigerians should be paramount in all the activities and utterances of the political actors,”
About NIDOE’s contribution to Nigeria
According to NIDOE’s website, the association is an offshoot of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation NIDO. Its mission statement is based essentially on the desire to generate positive passions by all and from all, towards the growth and advancement of Nigeria . Also, NIDO intends to create the cohesion of ideas by the now plentiful Nigerians living outside of Nigeria for the benefit of Nigeria, because, logically, if Nigeria wins, Nigerians at home and abroad will all win.