By Johnpaul Anih, 18-9-2020
THE POWER OF VOTES IN A DEMOCRACY.
(Hon. Simon Ede Campaign Organization)
Democracy according to Abraham Lincoln, is Government of the people, by the people and for the people. Democracy is predicated on popular choices, popular opinions and popular decisions by the citizens without denying the minority their voices.
It is a system of government that allows for change of leadership through periodic election wherein the citizens within the legal defined age exercise their franchise. Election is as fundamental as democracy itself without which democracy will be a mirage.
The freedom of the citizens to exercise their franchise in a free, fair and credible election is the major distinguishing factor between democracy and every other forms of Government.
It is a civic cum political rights to vote and to be voted for in an election without encumbrances. When this right is lost, democracy is dead.
POWER OF VOTE
Over time, people have questioned the essence of voting in Nigeria with the believe or assumption that election results are already written or predetermined by those in power.
As real and convincing as the presumption maybe but one wonders why those whom the citizens believed or presumed to have written the election results crisescross the length and width of the Communities soliciting for supports and votes only to disappear after winning election.
Available facts and evidences have shown and proven that election results are not written or can not be written without the acquiescence of the citizens/electorates either by abstaining from voting, voter apathy or mortgage by the interested few.
For instance, in 2011 Chairmanship/Councilorship election in Enugu State, a certain PDP Party Chairman in Isi-Uzo LGA, in total disregard for the people, imposed a Councilorship candidate on Ndi Eha-amufu Ward III, the electorates voted for APGA candidate and he won the election despite attempt by Security Agencies and ENSIEC to manipulate the results. That’s the power of vote.
Also, in 2017 Chairmanship/ Councilorship Election in Enugu State, voting could not take place in Eha-Amufu Ward IV, Isi-Uzo LGA because ENSIEC officials came for the election without result sheet. Those in power called police to intervene but seeing the determination of the electorates, they retreated. That is the power of the electorates being awake to their rights.
The truth is that votes count when the citizens/ electorates are all awake to their rights to vote and also vigilant in defense of their votes.
While many sit on the fence with the silly excuse that votes don’t count, it is only false message and orientation created by the ruling elites to keep the masses away from voting and by implication perpetuate themselves in power to the deteriment of the citizens.
While others advocate for revolution against government, the real and legal revolution lies with your vote. Therefore, ensure that you always come out to vote, for it is said that a thief doesn’t steal from someone who is awake.
It’s unfortunate that 21 years down the line in our democratic experiment, we are yet to realize that the ultimate power lies with the people through their votes.
It is therefore, a clarion call for us all to sit up to our civic rights and duties if we ever desire to see a very responsive, responsible and accountable Government that will bring about the desired results we all seem to wish for.
As ISI-UZO prepares for the forthcoming House of Assembly bye-election come 31st October, 2020, all lovers of democracy in Enugu State, Nigeria and Isi-Uzo in particular should put on their periscope to ensure that the election will be transparent, free, fair and credible.
Isi-Uzo LGA is on the edge of development occasioned by under-representation, selfishness, Internal political squabbles and strives which have made our roads impassable except for the recent intervention by the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
However, despite Ugwuanyi’s compassionate intervention on EHA-AMUFU-NKALAGU ROAD, the yet to be reconstructed portions of the Federal road, from Federal College of Education, Eha-amufu gate to Ikem, measuring about 8km is the worst road ever in Nigeria as it has become very difficult to be accessed by Pedestrians let alone vehicles.
The deafening silence and or indifference of our political elites in Isi-Uzo in the face assault on our sensibilities and collective Interests, where our State Assembly seat has suddenly becomes inheritable despite obvious expression of displeasure and disapproval by the majority is unbecoming of a people wishing to compete favourably with other LGAs in State affairs.
A Local Government like Isi-Uzo suffering from serious age long neglect and abandonment can not afford to be gifting our statutory positions to individuals who have no ambition or plan to represent us. Making our government position compensatory will further worsen our current status, depriving us quality representation in a time that the Local Government should be vocal in demanding for our rights in comity of local governments.
In view of the above, we enjoin all the electorates from Isi-Uzo LGA to come out enmass on 31st of October, 2020 to vote for HON. SIMON EDE of the Young Progressives Party, YPP for quality representation and accessibility.
Please note that after the election, it’s no longer party that counts but capacity.
✍️ Hon. Simon Ede Campaign Organization, SECO.