The discussants were:

· Hon. Seyi Adisa – Member of the Oyo State House of Assembly

· Mrs. Yemi Adamolekun – Executive Director, Enough Is Enough Nigeria

· Mr. Akin Oyebode – Special Adviser (Investment, Trade and Innovation) to the Governor of Ekiti State

· Ms. Fatima Oyelami – Communications & PR Strategist and Political Party Representative

· Mr. Bisi Ogunwale – Author, Social Commentator, & Political Party Representative

The Forum established participation in politics and governance as a civic duty for citizens on the following bases:

1. Governance and politics are community based. Participation can be at all or any of the local government, constituency, state or national levels

2. Influence is derived from involvement in politics from the community level.

3. Politicians are important in every state.

4. Politics impacts the economy, the laws governing citizens and the appointment of persons to administer the common resources.

The following notions about participation in politics were debunked as misconceptions:

1. Participation in politics or governance does not demand that you are wealthy. Party membership forms can be procured for as low as One Thousand Naira (N1, 000).

2. Politics is not“dirty game” Personal values can be sustained while participating in politics.

3. Participation in politics and governance is not restricted to seeking elective offices.

4. Involvement in fetish practices is not commonplace in politics. It is an individual character flaw and not a norm.

Modes of participation in politics and governance include:

1. Participating in party administration

2. Offering consultancy for politicians by providing value adding solutions to problems

3. Serving as a check for elective officers through research findings

4. Advocacy

5. Running for elected office

The recommended routes to participation in politics and governance are:

1. Registering to become a card-carrying member of a political party. This qualifies individuals to participate in the process of nominating people for political offices.

2. Acquiring knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of political office holders. This knowledge will help to decide where and how to function.

3. Seeing politics as a tool to create developmental solutions.

4. Being involved in what happens at the grass-root level in the political party of choice and cultivating the habit of providing intelligent solutions during meetings. 5. Demanding accountability from political office holders.  Getting to know and have the details of our representatives makes it easy to hold them accountable, the more aware we become of who is representing us, the more we can check in on them from time to time for an update on their promise to us. A website such as https://shineyoureye.org/ provides information (phone number and email address) of representatives of different local and state government across the country.

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