The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is committed to deepening Nigeria’s democracy and developing its economy, Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has said.
A statement issued by Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal’s spokesman, quoted the governor as making the remark at a two-day National Conference on the `Dynamics of Democratic Practice in Nigeria.’
The statement was made available to newsmen on Thursday in Sokoto.
It said the conference was held at the Centre for Democratic Research and Training, Bayero University Kano.
The statement quoted Tambuwal as saying the APC places the interest of the common man above any other consideration.
He stressed the need for Nigerians to be carried along, consulted and their views incorporated in all decisions taken by the government.
The governor said that political power belonged to the people, adding that elected political office holders were mere caretakers of the estate whose true owners are the people.
He said it was right for the people to be kept abreast of government policies and programmes.
He urged the people to always demand explanations `for anything they do not understand’ from those in government
“It is the right of citizens in a democracy to express their views and to make the leaders accountable.
“There is no power like peoples`power and once the people unite behind a cause, there is no problem they cannot surmount’’ the statement quoted the governor as saying.
He added that it was the support of the people that led to the victory of APC in the 2015 general elections.
He said the election of Donald Trump as America`s President-elect, was a clear evidence of democratic dynamism.
“What we thought will be the outcome of America’s presidential election was not what we woke up to hear.
“This has clearly shown to all the level of dynamism inherent in a democratic system of government,’’ Tambuwal said.
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The statement said Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, stressed the need to accord respect to the indices of genuine democracy.
Ganduje, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, hailed the wisdom and foresight of the conveners of the conference.