Published on 13 August ,2020.
The upper chamber of Legislation , in which each state has three representatives regardless of population size, with 109 senators in total is influential chamber. Senators serve four-year terms and their mandate is often as a consequence of the political influence of the constituents.
Through the electoral process, they seek the political supports and votes of their constituents to represent them in the Red Chambers.
The constituent is the “Voters” in a legislative district. We are not unmindful of the role of the coalition (An alliance of political groups pursuing a common goal).
Their choice always counts. As fundamental as their roles in making the election of the Senator successful, most of our Senators relegate them to the background when elected to serve. Others treat them with ignominy. This is not fair.
The presumed right of the people to instruct their elected representative not only through votes but through constant political discourse seem to be relegated to the background.
There’s virtually absence of contributions by the constituent in the Senators’ decisions in the floor of the Senate. He shall allow a functional line for you to reach out to him.
He shall have a Special Assistant on Constituent matters to interface with you ( for such moments that pressures of work might seem overwhelming), there shall be platforms for direct impact.
Joe Agi is interesting in having periodic “town hall meetings” with his constituent; the aim of which is to keep you abreast with the functionality of his contributions in the senate while seeking your contributions on how best to achieve benefits to the district.
Joe AGi SAN will continue to explore avenues to carry his constituent along in his legislative agenda.
Joe AGi SAN’s response to issues, as a ‘Senator’ shall underscore the traditional desire to temper his constituents’ views with his own knowledge and opinions. SAN believes that the direction of his votes on critical national matters shall always require the input of his constituent.
He shall continue to consult with key intellectually engaging stakeholders in his district, so that fundamental issues of interests to the constituent shall be addressed.
For Joe AGI, it is better to keep senators accountable. Why not? The electorates gave you the mandate and you must necessarily report to them. In his view, a senator must always consult his constituent and ensure that opinions agreed are heeded.
He will be a senator that will place matters of critical consequences before stakeholders for evaluation and consensus, before presenting same on the floor of the Senate. Every bill will local and national interests. Let it not be the business of Joe AGI, let it always be the business of the people.
For Joe AGI, legislation is about the people and efforts must be geared to consulting with the people. The constituent has a right to influence the decision of the ‘Senator’ as to what direction he should go with his votes. Joe AGi feels all hands must be on deck to ensure that representation is collective.
We must not continue to undermine stakeholders who should have a sense of sacrifice and belongings in the affairs of legislation. After all it is about them.
Joe AGI shall continue to appeal directly to the people through a series of articles and meetings explaining his ratification or non ratification of certain issues before the senate.
He asserts that, as a senator he will be interested in engaging, educating and intellectually inspiring key stakeholders in his constituent on the political implications of any action he will take on the senate floor, periodically.
It is regrettable that our current crop of Senators only brief their constituents during elections. Most of the people don’t hear about their Senators and their efforts in the senate. Joe Agi SAN will be different.
Joe AGi believes that, if you are elected by the constituent, you must periodically interact with your district to make them understand and appreciate the very essence of representation. Your support for Joe AGi means a vote for contributing towards the growth of your district.
Joe AGi shall not be an Abuja Senator only, he will be a Senator that will always be with you; to know what you want and go back to fight for your good. He shall be accessible and accountable to you.
Join the winning team, don’t be afraid, don’t be left out. Victory points to Joe AGi, the voters’ choice 2020. He is the idea whose time has come. Vote for accountability, vote for responsibility, vote for true representation. Joe AGi SAN is the answer.
By Peter Agi