OrderPaperToday – The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has said that only free, fair, and credible elections could secure Nigeria’s democracy and guarantee good governance.
In his goodwill message to Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 58th Independence Anniversary, Ekweremadu stressed that a rigged election has no place in a democracy as it is a “coup by other means” against the will of the people.
According to the Deputy Senate President, “as we have always known, Nigeria is one of the most endowed nations on earth, but has not lived up to the promises she held at independence. For our nation to make progress, our democracy must flourish. And for our democracy to flourish, the people should be at liberty to elect leaders with the requisite character, knowledge, and pedigree, to turn the fortunes of the country around.
“Importantly, the government, stakeholders, and all institutions of democracy, especially the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, must respect and uphold the right of the people to exercise this franchise in a free, fair, credible, transparent, and peaceful atmosphere.
“They should not only vote, their votes must count as anything to the contrary is a coup by other means”
While wishing Nigerians a happy independence anniversary, he assured that the National Assembly would upon resumption immediately consider and pass the Electoral Act and budget proposal for the 2019 elections.