Democracy Day: Edo gov candidate tells citizens to hold government accountable

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) in Edo, Patience Ndidi, has enjoined Nigerians to actively participate in governance process and hold leaders accountable to deepen the country’s democracy.

Ndidi, the only female candidate in Edo governorship election on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the significance of democracy day lay in its call to action.

‘It challenges us to look beyond the mere exercise of voting and to demand accountability from those we elect.

‘It is a day that underscores the power of the people in shaping the future of our state and country.

‘Our democracy can only thrive when we actively participate in the governance process, hold our leaders accountable and insist on policies that serve the common good,’ she said.

Ndidi also called on citizens in Edo and Nigeria in general, to renew their dedication to building a state and nation that truly reflect the democratic ideals of fairness, inclusiveness, and prosperity for all.

‘I urge every citizen of Edo to join h
ands with the PRP in this noble pursuit.

‘Together, we can forge a future where our democracy is not just a system of government but a way of life that guarantees dignity and opportunity for every Nigerian,’ she said

Nididi said that democracy was not a destination, but a journey that required constant vigilance, active participation, and unwavering commitment to the principles of justice and equality.

She called on Nigerians to pledge their commitment to be the guardians of the nation’s democracy, ensuring that it remains robust, vibrant and reflective of the aspirations of all Nigerians.

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‘Today, as we commemorate democracy day, we are reminded of the immense sacrifices and unwavering resolve of our forebears who fought tirelessly for the establishment of a democratic society in Nigeria.

‘This day is not just a date on our calendar; it is a profound symbol of our collective aspiration for a nation governed by the principles of freedom
, justice, and equality.

‘Democracy day serves as a moment to reflect on the journey we have undertaken as a nation and to renew our commitment to the values that underpin our democratic system.

‘It is a day to celebrate our progress, acknowledge our challenges, and chart a course for a future that truly reflects the will and aspirations of all Nigerians,’ she said.

Nididi congratulated Nigeria on 25 years of uninterrupted democratic rule in the country.

She pledged to uphold Nigeria democratic values, be a beacon of hope for the marginalised, advocate policies that promote social justice, economic empowerment and transparent governance, which she said ‘PRP is known for’.

She said that her mission was to redeem Edo and nation from corruption, mismanagement and ensure that every citizen’s voice is heard and valued.

‘In Edo, we face numerous challenges that require bold and visionary leadership.

‘From the need for improved healthcare and education systems to the imperative of creating sustainable economi
c opportunities for our youth, the tasks before us are daunting but not insurmountable.

‘The PRP is committed to addressing these issues head-on, with a clear and actionable plan that prioritises the well-being of all Edo citizens,’ she said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria