The Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Solomon Adeola Olamilekan, has called on true democrats across party lines to defend democracy at all cost saying the value of democratic form of governance cannot be ignored.
The lawmaker, who spoke through a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro, on Saturday to mark the June 12 Democracy Day, said the democratic system of government remains the best option with which societal issues are resolved in favour of the majority of people.
The lawmaker, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), drew attention of Nigerians to the chequered history, of how “our nascent democracy since 1999 has endured and survived a lot of challenges that should serve as lessons for all democrats to support the continuation of the system based on the rule of law and due process.
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“As a democratic nation, we are faced with challenges that are not different from those faced by other nations including the United States of America as reflected in its last presidential elections.”
He said it was appropriate to allow the rule of law to have its way alongside peculiarities of the different tribes and cultures, while building and strengthening the democratic institutions.
Adeola who won elections for five consecutive times at State and Federal levels as well as judicial victories at election petitions and appeal tribunals restated his faith in the democratic system of electing leaders, stressing that any leader that refused to serve the interest of the people will soon find his way out of the system.
“The democracy we are celebrating today came at a huge cost,” he added.
He recalled losing his brother who was gunned down in the agitation for the validation of June 12 and to end military dictatorship in Lagos.
“We shouldn’t forget in a hurry the death of Chief MKO Abiola his wife, Kudirat and those who paid the supreme price,” he said.
The symbol of June 12, Chief MKO Abiola and his dear wife, Kudirat paid the supreme price in the struggle for enthronement of democracy.
“Many went into exile. But we are happy that the sacrifices are not in vain as we celebrate yet another Democracy Day in Nigeria”, Adeola said.
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