By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A front line House of Representatives Ughellu and Udu Federal Constituency, Comrade Akpokona Omafuaire on Tuesday stated that Nigeria as a Country is celebrating “Pseudo Democracy” and not democracy as it claims.
This is coming contrary especially as Nigeria Celebrates “Democracy Day” today.
Omafuaire made the assertion in a statement signed and made available to newsmen.
Omafuaire argued that democracy is supposed to be the government of the people by the people and for the people stressing,”It is the government of the people’s supremacy “.
“What obtains in Nigeria can only be described as a pseudo-democracy because power does not rest on the people stictu sensu, rather power lies with the supposed messenger.”
In the statement tagged,”My thoughts On Democracy Day”, Omafuaire concurred that the country practices a representative Democracy.
He however said the representatives are inadvertently foist on the people by indirect tactics.
According to Omafuaire,”The process of choosing the candidates to represent the people is fraught with a well orchestrated anomaly designed toward a chosen end.
“The people are only allowed to make a choice between those already chosen after the parties have selected their candidates in an often or mostly compromised delegates election.
Omafuaire opined that if power truly rests on the people, all party members should be allowed to vote in a primary election that will enable a true and popular candidate to emerge as a flag bearer.
Omafuaire said,”The above scenario will blot out the often highly compromised delegates election as witnessed recently across the nation.
“Issues start with compilation of delegates lists, the powers that be only select their loyalists as delegates, so how then do you expect power to belong to the people.
“This makes a mockery of democracy because power does not belong to the people but to the money bags who buy over the leadership of the parties in concocted primary elections.”
Omafuaire added that,”If all parties members are allowed to vote in a primary election, then power will belong to the people and the unnecessary killings would be avoided.”