AMIDST speculations that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) folded up during the just concluded election of principal officers of the National Assembly, the party’s National Vice Chairman, South South, Mr Emmanuel Ogidi, affirmed that despite the stance of the party, some members were coerced to act otherwise.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja Wednesday, he said, “yes, PDP took a stand for the National Assembly elections and we told our members. We know that some lawmakers have been coerced to vote for a particular candidate.
“And because we are all not clean, you have one baggage or the other, they will use it against you.”
Reacting to distribution of political offices across the geo-political zones in the country, Ogidi said that he still believes in Federal Character even though the present power distribution does not reflect the policy.
With the recognition of June 12 as National Democracy Day, Ogidi called on all Nigerians to emulate the late Moshood Abiola and speak up for a better Nigeria, pointing out that the time had come for all to speak out for the principles of democracy in Nigeria.
“The bible says there is time for everything, this is the time to speak, if we all stand up to speak as we did on June 12, Nigeria will be a better place,” he said.
Ogidi regarded it as unfortunate that the Nigeria had not developed democratically as expected although the country had practiced democracy for 20 straight years.
He said it was painful that the democracy currently being practiced was not comparable to what was obtainable in the early 90s, while adding that “our democracy is drowning the legacy Abiola stood for as a true Nigerian leader.
The party chieftain urged Nigerians to remain law abiding as Nigeria will soon enjoy good leadership and achieve the dreams of the founding fathers.
Ogidi urged the government to quickly address the problem of insecurity, particularly the growing wave of crimes that has made many Nigerians feel unsafe.
He expressed the hope that if Nigeria becomes the country it should be, youths would stop risking their lives trying to migrate to Europe or America in search of greener pastures.