House commends Nigerians on political participation
AS the membership registration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party ended yesterday, the Lagos State House of Assembly has commended Nigerians for showing keen interest in politics and how they are governed.
The House said this as it observed that the turn out during the APC registration was unprecedented and a sign that the people are more eager than ever to decide the 2015 election.
Speaker of the House, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, said his visit to some registration centres and reports across the federation had shown that 14 years of misrule had served as a wakeup call for Nigerians to be politically proactive; pay attention to how they are governed and who governs them.”
Shortly after his registration in Oke Oyinbo ward, Epe, Ikuforiji said: “The turn out showed to the world that Nigerians are fed up with the misrule of the ruling party and by the grace of God, APC will show them that politics is about the people and service to the people. We will get to the centre and we will liberate Nigerians from the current shackles.”
The Speaker, however, frowned at the disruption of similar registration exercise in Rivers State, describing it as an indication that the ruling party was jittery.
He alleged that the ruling party orchestrated the disruption exercise in bad faith.
House Committee Chairman on Information, Strategy, Security and Publicity, Segun Olulade also condemned the commotion in Rivers State, adding that it was an indication that impunity still reigns in Rivers.
Olulade, representing Epe Constituency II, said in spite of the cries of the people of Rivers State and entire Nigerians against injustice and autocratic rule authored in Rivers State, the progressive people of the State are still being suppressed from exercising their fundamental human rights and freedom of association as provided for in the Nigerian constitution.
“There is no doubt that the Federal Government has frustrated good efforts brought to the state by the leadership of Governor Rotimi Amaechi but it is obvious that the collective will of the people cannot be frustrated in the long run.
“The wish of the people will prevail no matter the mechanism put in place to suppress the good citizens of Rivers. The former Commissioner of Police who was removed showed that APC’s agitation was right after all, but Mr. President’s action was already belated because a lot of damages had been done in the State and lives lost,” Olulade said.
The lawmaker, however, urged the people to be unrelenting in the struggle for freedom against their adversaries, adding that there would be light at the end of the tunnel