Democracy does not end in voting, make leaders accountable – Oshiomhole


Abuja – Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole, has urged the Nigerian electorate to ensure that public officials elected into office, are held accountable over campaign promises made, noting that democracy does not end in casting of vote.

Governor Oshiomhole stated this in his address at the 11th Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) held at the International Conference Centre in Nigeria’s capital city.

He said the electorate has a responsibility to follow up on elected leaders to see that they deliver on their campaign manifestoes.

Oshiomhole pointed out that elected officials must be accountable to the people at all levels.

The former Labour leader encouraged Nigerian workers never to stop asking questions about the management of the country’s resources, stressing that they were not only members of the labour force, but also citizens with right and duties.

“The job of the electorate does not end by casting their vote but to follow up to what extent the leadership have delivered their manifesto. Democracy does not end in voting; the leaders elected must be accountable to the people.

“People must keep record of the activities of their leaders and ensure that promises made are fulfilled; that is true democracy’’.

On the 2015 general elections, Oshiomhole said that the electorate would wait patiently to cast their votes on the new dates of March 28 and April 11 as announced by INEC.

Oshiomhole further appreciated the leadership of NLC for piloting the affairs of the congress by sustaining unity and obeying the congress constitution of holding election every four years.

He said that the challenges faced by the leadership of the NLC was more than the leadership of a state, noting that  the ability to resolve the challenges, would reflect the outstanding quality in such individuals.

Also speaking, APC Presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari appreciated the leadership of NLC for giving him the opportunity to address the congress.

Buhari said three major challenges facing the country must be tackled before Nigeria could tackled before Nigeria could achieve meaningful progress.

“Let me say thank you to all of you for giving me the opportunity to address this year’s delegates’ congress of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

“I want to also congratulate those that have travelled from near and far, braving bad roads, traffic jams and delayed airlines to be here for the congress.

“I know you made this journey for a good reason. You came here because you believe in what this country can be. That is to say, you all believe in change”.

Buhari criticised the devaluation of the naira and the rise in interest rate, saying that these policies would trigger an increase in the price of goods.

He urged Nigerians to vote for change so that the basic needs of workers ranging from security, power and employment would be resolved

“Nigeria is in crisis. Our country is facing grievous challenges in numerous sectors, in the light of recent events.

“The three most pertinent issues at this time are security, the state of the economy and corruption, which must be tackled all at once, before we can achieve any meaningful progress,’’ Buhari said. (NAN)

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