Bauchi State Governor Bala Abdukadir Mohammed has said that the right of Nigerian voters vote in and out political leaders forces elected leaders to work hard to deliver on the mandate that the electorates bequeathed to them.
The governor said this in his 2022 Democracy Day message to citizens of Bauchi State.
He said democracy is the best form of government that best suit Nigeria, adding that any attempt by a group of person sabotaging the already enshrined democratic ideals of the country would only be making a futile effort.
“That we are today celebrating the 23rd Democracy Day is a testimony to the fact that democratic governance has not only been firmly rooted but has also come to stay in Nigeria.
“There is no better alternative to democracy as a form of government that gives the people the right to choose who to govern them and how they want to be governed.
“It is this democratic right of choice that puts elected governments at both the national and state levels on their toes so as not to incur the wrath of the electorate by being voted out of power during the period of elections,” he said.
Governor Bala said the recent peaceful conduct of primary elections of political parties in the country as part of the preparations for the 2023 general elections attests to the notion that Nigeria’s democracy has grown to an amiable height.
He said it is therefore tasking on all state apparatus, parties, candidates and the electorates to ensure a peaceful 2023 general elections.
The governor said no candidate has an interest that overrides the fundamental principles of the Nigerian state and the collective yearnings of Nigerians.
“It is gratifying to note that the primary elections of all the political parties preparatory to the 2023 general elections were conducted peacefully. This is a testimony of the entrenchment of democratic values and norms in our political system.
“I appeal to political parties and contestants of various elective offices to prevail on their members and supporters to be law abiding and peaceful in the conduct of their electioneering campaigns,” governor Bala said.