The election of Rep. Yakubu Dogara as Speaker of the House of Representatives on June 9th was evidence that Nigeria`s democracy was fast maturing, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said in Abuja on Tuesday.
Though the election of Dogara, along with that of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has attracted criticism from those who describe it as coup against the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ortom said no laws were breached.
Ortom who was speaking when he hosted Dogara at the Benue state governor`s lodge Abuja also said: “Your election was democracy in action and a clear indication sustainability of democracy in Nigeria.
“It is no longer in doubt we are maturing. I define democracy as a government of what the people want. It may not be hundred percent but once the majority agreed that is democracy,” he said.
Dr. Ortom also commended House members for the display of sportsmanship and including Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila who lost the election to Dogara even as he urged the speaker to embrace all members because according to him, “it is God that crown leaders.
“You could have fantastic plans but if God decides otherwise there is nothing you can do,” he said.
Speaking ealier, the Speaker said Nigerians were promised change during the election and as such governments must work to deliver the change promised them, adding that the present crop of leaders came in at a very criticaland that, “Nigerians are waiting for us to provide quality leadership.”