A coalition of civil society organisations in Ondo State has warned the senators representing the three senatorial districts of the state to bring dividends of democracy to the people or face the wrath of the masses.
The Convener and National Co-ordinator of Occupy Senators, Mr. Retson Tekedeh, affirmed this at a press conference yesterday in Akure. He said: “With the monumental political corruption in the Senate, it is the ordinary Nigerian people that are suffering. Our senators are playing politics in Abuja while the President is working to fix Nigeria.
“No senator representing the people of Ondo State can decide to play with our future, support looters of our commonwealth and fight a President who has shown the desire to govern rather than play politics.”
Other civil society organisations at the meeting include the ECOWAS Youth Council, Movement for the Survival of the Underground (MOSUP) and National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
Tekedeh lamented that the representatives of the state, especially in the Senate, were indifferent, callous and unconcerned about the yearnings of the people, saying that most of them do not have offices in their districts and constituencies.
His words: “We have come to the point where confrontation is heavenly and cowardice is hellish. We fight political insensitivity, we die; if we don’t fight political insensitivity, we die. We will fight political insensitivity and die.”
The representative of ECOWAS Youth Assembly, Mr. Ikumapayi Smith, described the group as the citizens’ office for good governance that would force the representatives to be accountable to the electorate.
Smith noted that the group would also mark “the commencement of a national mass movement against bad governance, audacious political impunity and mindless looting.”
Meanwhile, Jide Omogunwa, the media officer to the senator representing Ondo South District, Pastor Yele Omogunwa, said that the Southern Senatorial District has not suffered any kind of neglect. Omogunwa noted that the senator has embarked on large-scale empowerment projects twice since 2016.which were estimated over N200 million to benefit the six local councils in the district.