A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Chief Godwill Obielum has said Nigerians deserve to celebrate 14 years of uninterrupted democracy based on the level of development in the country.
Speaking in Asaba on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 as the nation celebrate 14 years of democracy, Chief Obielum said that as a country, Nigeria’s democracy is developing very fast with the level of freedom being witnessed in the country.
He observed that the most important benefit from democracy is freedom, stating that Nigerians are enjoying freedom and called for support for elected and appointed representatives of the people in government.
“14 years is still young but, what we have witnessed in the country today deserves celebration, people are free to even criticise government, people are free to call on government to engage in actions which ordinarily cannot happen during the military,” Chief Obielum said, asserting, “as a people, we must support the government of the day, it is a duty to support the government because, with our support, those in government will see reasons to deliver on their electoral promises.”
On Governor Uduaghan’s administration, Chief Obielum stated that Governor Uduaghan has recorded achievements in so many areas, especially in the areas of job creation, ensuring good learning environment through massive infrastructural development in the education sector, good neighbourliness among ethnic nationalities, reiterating, “Governor Uduaghan has done well and we need to support him.”
“In the area of security, we are aware of the commitment of the Governor to ensure a peaceful state and he has done a lot to check security challenges including kidnapping which became obvious as a result of the militant activities in the Niger-Delta,” Chief Obielum said.
On his interest for the Governorship position of the state in 2015, a position he contested for in 2007 PDP primaries, Chief Obielum said, “it is God that gives power, all that we need to do is to support the government in power, encourage them to work because four or eight years may not be enough for them to execute their programmes for the people and as such, they deserves our support instead of engaging in actions which could distract them now.”
“I can tell you that we have done very well as a nation within the past 14 years, we need to engage in actions that will deepen our democracy and this we can do by encouraging and supporting our elected officials and those who are holding political offices,” he said.