Senator Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker on Thursday called on Nigerians, to shun voter apathy and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards(PVCs) to vote in credible leaders.
Sani said this at a two day Seminar organized by the Asaba Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) entitled; ”Good Governance and Democratic Sustainability Vis-A-Vis Electoral Process.
He urged Nigerians to be part of the political system by acquiring their PVCs to evict those who have failed at all levels of governance.
According to him, Democracy is not a gift or lottery given to us by the military but a product of struggle and sacrifice.
“This democracy was a product of sweat and blood of some people and we have a duty to protect it. Nigerian democracy has been a challenging one but we have survived.
“Each time election is close by, there is always a prophecy of doom, politicians do not see the office as a way to serve the country but a way to conquer,” he said.
He urged the country’s leaders to honour any unwritten agreement of transfer of power from the North to the South.
“We must imbibe the idea of rotational power, why will people accept quota power and oppose rotational power,” he said.
He said that for peace and unity of the country there should be fairness, equity and justice in the process of governance in the country.
“Nigeria given its numerous challenges needs leaders with the capacity and competence to steer the country to the path of recovery, growth and development.
“What will create unity in the country is not the constitution but equity, fairness and justice, and leaders should be patriotic,” he said.
On security, he said that there was the need for our leaders to combat the menace, which had led to loss of lives and property and grossly affected the economic lives of Nigerians.
He called on Nigerians to unite in the face of insecurity and other challenges.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, represented by Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, lauded the journalists for believing and reporting honestly and telling the story truthfully.
The governor while urging the people to play active role in the forthcoming elections by obtaining their PVCs, pledges to continue to deepen the infra rural and jobs creation policies and programmed in the state.
Okowa charged the journalists to remain committed in the task of building Delta and ensuring peace and unity through their reportage.
Mr Dominic Adewale, Chairman of the e Chapel commended the governor for being steadfast in deepening development in the state despite the electioneering demands.
He also said the theme was carefully chosen as part of our deliberate effort to broaden the discourse on the fast approaching 2023 general elections.