Nwanyanwu seeks deeper participation in democratic process
Former National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Dan Nwanyanwu, has charged Nigerians to participate more actively in the democratic process as the 2019 general elections inch closer.
Speaking on a political platform monitored in Lagos yesterday, he said there was no alternative to democracy, insisting that democratic governance gives the people greater opportunity to realise their potentials.
His words: “Real democracy overshoots the society because the citizens are given the opportunity to achieve their potentials. Our position is clear and I can say that since 1999, it has been a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly.
“Nigerians do not deserve our present situation. Corruption has been the ugliest part of our experience and it is still very shameful that we have not advanced in the area of power, road, airline, rail transport and other sectors that we took for granted.”
On the alleged $16 billion allegedly wasted on the power sector by previous administrations, he cautioned political office holders to be careful of how they release figures.
Nwanyanwu, who ran the party for over 10 years and had been involved in socio-political activism, lamented that after sending soldiers back to the barracks, most Nigerians have not participated in the democratic process as they should.
“People who came in were fraudsters who held on to the system for long and that was the mistake we made. We have just started the process to take back the system from characters that have no interest in developing Nigeria. People are still looting the nation and we cannot continue to leave the country in their hands.”
“If I had succeeded in planting government as chairman of LP, what we did in Ondo State based on the limited resources we had, is a typical example,” he said.
With about 263 days to 2019 elections, he said the way forward was for Nigerians to come together and take back their country.
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