LAGOS – Shikirudeen Olofin, Chairman of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) in Lagos State, has taken a hard look at the 20 years of uninterrupted democracy and came up with a damning conclusion that nothing much has really changed.
Olofin, who also doubles as the chairman, the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in the state, while speaking with DAILY INDEPENDENT in Lagos, maintained that although democracy is said to be the government of the people, by the people and for the people, in the last 20 years of the nation’s democracy, it has been the government of the few who do not have the interest of the people at heart.
He said: “On the 20 years of uninterrupted democracy, I have mixed feelings of good and bad. I have taken the meaning of democracy to be government of the people by the people and for the people. But, in Nigeria, democracy can be defined as the government of the people by the few.
“The elected officials are not accountable to the electorate. The people are elected through the power of money. We experience a high level of vote-buying and force.”
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