By: Oye Agunbiade
The Ondo state Chairman, Mega party of Nigeria, Mr Biyi Poroye and Commissioner for Information, Mr Yemi Olowolabi want the electorate to be abreast of their rights to question leaders over the responsibilities they owe them. The duo in separate interview with newsmen in Akure, Ondo state capital expressed dismay that the electorate had relegated their power only to election period.
Biyi Poroye who attributed the apathetic nature of the electorate to lack of information about their rights and discouragement about the state of the nation said it was high time we began to ask questions from the leaders “because when you don’t talk anyone can go away with whatever he or she does.”
Poroye berated playing politics with constituency allowances by some lawmakers and challenged the people to go beyond voting by ensuring their representatives fulfilled promises made during campaign.
According to Poroye “the constitution is clear on what every representative in the National Assembly should do to his people, the Minister representing a state hold the people a responsibility to come and brief them what is happening at the presidency.”
He added that “it is painful that we find ourselves in this kind of situation but very soon we will be out of it”
“it is a generalized thing that once you are voted into a position you abandon the people, you don’t even take opinion from them any longer” Poroye said.
On his part, the Ondo state Commissioner for information, Yemi Olowolabi asked Nigerians not to relent in making the leaders accountable especially on issues that affect their welfare. Olowolabi noted that since political office holders were elected by the people, the citizens should engage them on their performances.
He also urged the electorate to always monitor development projects in their domains with a view to protecting them for their own purpose.
Olowolabi however enjoined political office holders to see themselves as stewards who should make the plight of the electorate a priority .