EDO State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has advocated participatory democracy to ensure that the people are adequately represented in decision making.
Oshiomhole made the advocacy while receiving former members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by the partyâ€™s former national youth leader, Chief Francis Inegbeneki.
Receiving the defectors, the governor said only good governance can restore the hope and confidence of the people in the leadership. The governor said he was prepared to redefine the politics and governance of the state to one of core values and popular participation.
He said the essence of democracy is where every man and woman has the opportunity to grow. According to the governor, â€œmy own life experience has taught me one thing. Those who live in fear can only thrive when men of conscience refuse to stand on their feet to challenge what is wrongâ€.
Oshiomhole said that when Nigeria decided to struggle for democracy, it was not to exchange one set of evil for another, explaining that it was to create a political environment where people make decisions on the basis of majority.