Posted by Justice Iyasere | 25 July 2019 | 697 times
Youths in Politics, a political pressure group in Nigeria has advocated the inclusion of more youths into governance and leadership in Nigeria, maintaining that they were launching their ‘Too Old To Run’ campaign to check the perpetration of the old brigade of political leaders in power for the youths to find a space to actualise their dreams.
National President of the group, Comrade Obinna Mike, spoke during the one year anniversary and Award day ceremony of the Delta State chapter of the group, which held in Warri with people from all walks of life in attendance.
According to the National President, the Delta State chapter of the group was ‘’doing their best to play their role to help the country grow. They are able to bring up leaders and to hold them responsible and accountable which is the thrust of the group advocacy efforts. Youth in politics Delta State parade rally which held sometime ago stood out among others. Youth in politics is working on a pet project, ‘Too Old To Run’ targeted at encouraging the old brigade of political leaders to quit the stage for the younger ones to grow. They need to stand firm and protect their interest. We are insisting that the contesting age for presidency should be 60 years and not more. We need to raise leaders who will play active role in politics not only in agriculture,” he declared.
Chairman of the Delta State chapter of the group, Comrade Emmanuel Oguori, in his remarks during the ceremony, noted that the platform was created as a springboard for the youths to excel in politics through interactions, advocacy, motivation and direct support towards achieving their dreams and goals in life.
Oguori disclosed that the platform was “moving the heart of the youth into a new dimension and experience. Delta state will be a place of peace and investment destination where people nationwide could come and invest with the youths positively motivated to channel their energies, training and exposure into useful ventures away from crime and social vices. That way, young people will have a say in government and help to create peace in all facets of social engagements,” he added.
National Vice President of Youths in Politics, Comrade Paul Church, also maintained that the group “shook the nation positively in the last election season.”
“We set up a task force, and we established our preparedness to be recognised as a force never to be ignored by government. The force and revolution is on. Nigerian youth are ready not to carry guns but redeemers in Nigeria. We started with twelve persons but we now have about eighteen million members across Nigeria. We fielded 72 candidates across the nation in the 2019 election and we got some useful harvest. We have started cutting down the old trees. We want justice. We are not respecters of political parties but respecters of person. Youth in politics is the strongest force in Delta state that commands youth that do not depend on any one political party. We will finish the revolution. We have started well and we have put our feet down all over the state, local governments, and communities,” he added.
Highpoint of the ceremony was presentation of Leadership Award to distinguished members of the society including the Executive Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Council, Hon Ransom Onoyake; Comrade Obinna Mike, National President, Youths In Politics; Comrade Paul Church, National Vice President; Comrade Henry Dike, Financial Adviser; Comrade Catdmos Patrick, Deputy Ambassador of Youths in Politics; Comrade Akpotu Sunday, Hon Sam Esiso, Former Secretary, PDP Ughelli South LGA among others.
Responding on behalf of the recipients, Hon Sam Esiso expressed satisfaction with the award urging the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to create more opportunities for the youths to contest elective positions and be appointed into leadership positions so that the state could draw from their youthful energies to drive the system towards positive results. (Daily Independent)
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