No democracy without viable opposition –Ekiti Speaker

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The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Right Honourable (Pastor) Kola Oluwawole, has described the Supreme Court Judgment affirming the Ahmed Markafi-led leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a victory for democracy, saying democracy would not
stand without viable opposition.
In a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Stephen Gbadamosi, in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, in reaction to the Supreme Court judgment, Oluwawole commended the judiciary for living up to its responsibility as the last hope of the common man.
He congratulated the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and governor of Ekiti State, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose, Senator Makarfi and all leaders of the party, describing the judgment as a watershed in the history of democracy in the nation.
“I feel elated to congratulate the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose; our caretaker chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; and all the leaders of our party over this judgment that is a watershed in the history of
democracy in Nigeria.
“It is pertinent to state that there is nowhere in the world where democracy succeeds without viable opposition. The move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to infiltrate the rank of the PDP is, at best, a move to truncate democracy and put Nigerians in perpetual bondage.
“Thanks to the resolute stand of people like Governor Fayose, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Markafi and other well-meaning leaders of the party; those goons in the APC don’t mean well for this nation.
They have destroyed virtually all the gains we have made in democracy since 1999. But God, the Almighty has used our leaders to foil their evil plan over this nation.
“I also wish to commend the judiciary for standing firm for justice and equity.
It has, indeed, lived up to its responsibility as the last hope of the common man. More than ever before, the PDP is set to return this country to the path of prosperity. The purpose of the fifth columnists has been defeated by this momentous judgment.
“I congratulate the entire members of the PDP in Nigeria,
particularly, the Barrister Gboyega Oguntuase-led executive in Ekiti State. It is a new dawn for a party that is known as the bastion of democracy in Nigeria. This is a victory well deserved,” Oluwawole said.
The Speaker, however, charged the leadership of the party to be compassionate to errant members of the party who are sober enough to seek for forgiveness, saying “some people had been led astray by the
deceit of the APC. If they are sober enough to retrace their steps,
they may be reconsidered. Our leaders should be compassionate to repentant trouble makers.”
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