Seventeen years after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 general elections, the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has hailed the acclaimed winner of the election, Chief Moshood Abiola and other Nigerians who died in the struggle for paving the way for the current democracy being enjoyed in the country.
Oshiomhole who spoke before departing to South Africa as part of the Federal Government delegation to support the Super Eagles in their opening match against Argentina , said â€œChief Abiola and scores of other Nigerians paid the ultimate price by laying down their lives for the enthronement of a true and enduring democracy in the country.
â€œHowever, for the sacrifice they made not to be in vain, Nigerians have a duty to ensure that this democracy endures and should shun those things that could endanger the nationâ€™s fledgling democracy.
â€œA way to do this is for the electorate not to be intimidated on election days or be bought over by those who by their selfish ambitions had kept them in perpetual poverty.”
The people should, in their full freedom, use the power of their ballot to elect into office those they want or remove those that had failed to deliver on their electoral promises. This, to me, is the true dividend of democracy; the power of the common man to elect or remove from office.
â€œAlso, the electorate must ensure that the principle of â€œOne Man, One Voteâ€, is strictly adhered with to discourage election riggers and to put ballot box snatchers out of their nefarious business; the people must ensure that their votes count during elections by following the ballot to the collation centres to ensure that the correct figures are recorded.
â€œWhen the votes of the people count, the supreme sacrifice paid by Abiola and other Nigerians in their bid to ensure the validation of the June 12 election would not have been in vain.â€