NIGERIANS have been urged to use the occasion of today’s anniversary of the country’s 55th Independence to pray for the success of the new political dispensation.
The charge was given by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy Governorship candidate in Kogi State, Honourable James Abiodun Faleke, in his Independence goodwill message to Nigerians.
Faleke, a member of the House of Representatives, noted that for the first time in 16 years, Nigerians have a reason to celebrate the nation’s Independence.
His words: “There is every reason to thank God. It is the first year since 1999 that we have a government that is truly elected through the people’s ballot. It is the first time that Nigerians votes counted.
“Since Nigeria returned to civil rule more than 16 years ago, this is the first time that Nigerians have a stake and voice in who becomes their leader. Those who have not justified their occupation of political offices were voted out of power.
“The government – at the federal and state levels – being elected representative of the people, are accountable to the electorate unlike what obtained in the past when leaders either forced themselves or were imposed on the people.
“Already, there clear signals that Nigeria is once again on track and on the match again. We are not there yet but we, definitely, are not where we were under the last political dispensation
“Therefore, what is expected of us is praying for sustenance of the government that we freely enthrone with our votes.”
According to Faleke, Nigerians have a role to play by ensuring that those who plundered the wealth of the nation are not given any room to undermine the system.
“It is the people’s government and everybody must rally support for the government, especially on the anti-corruption crusade. Everything must be done to ensure that corruption does not fight back at the system”, he said.
Faleke urged his kinsmen in the Kogi to embrace the wind of change that is blowing through the land by voting his party in the forthcoming election, assuring that the APC will raise the bar of governance in the Confluence State if voted into power on November 21.
“What we are bringing to the table is good governance and an end to impunity. What we are offering is the development of the state. Kogi has the potential of becoming destination of first choice for investors with the right leadership,” Faleke said.