- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is ready to re-position Nigerian youths to take over leadership in 2019
- The party's national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said there would be nothing left for the next generation if the youths failed to rise to rescue the nation
- According to him, unless the youths come out and volunteer to make sacrifice, they will not be noticed
The national chairman of the PDP, Prince Secondus, has revealed that the party was coming up with “generation next” programme for re-positioning youths to take over leadership in 2019.
Secondus made the disclosure at the opening of PDP youth leaders meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, March 14. He said that the programme was designed to prepare the youth to take over political leadership in the country.
According to him, with the programme, age barrier will be removed and a 25-year old that is popular and intelligent can be voted into power as governor, NAN reports.
Secondus urged the youths to mobilise young people in their communities irrespective of party affiliation to rescue the country in 2019. He also charged the youths to rise and defend marginal unity and democracy in the country.
According to him, any nation whose youths are not participating in the development process is heading for doom.
The chairman recalled that at 32, General Yakubu Gowon became Head of State and that with youthful energy, presided and piloted over the affairs of Nigeria. He said that Gowon succeeded in keeping Nigeria as a united entity along with other military governors who were also youths.
“Unless you come out and volunteer to make that sacrifice, you will not be noticed and the country will be missing you. Today is the day to go into memory lane, make firm declaration and stand by it; the country needs the youth and the party is ready to allow you participate,” he said.
Secondus said that Nigeria had never been polarized as being witnessed currently, adding that unless the youth rose to rescue the nation, there would be nothing left for the next generation.
He said that the re-branded PDP was practicing internal democracy and assured that henceforth, they would be no imposition of candidates in the party. He revealed that there was a new reward system in PDP and that only those who delivered their polling units for the party at elections would get appointment.
Earlier, the national youth leader of the party, Mr Sunday Ude-Okoye, had said that the meeting was to avail youths the opportunity to deliberate on strategies to take over power in 2019. He said that youths in the country were angry as majority of them had no jobs, yet they were being displaced and losing their lives and property to violence.
Ude-Okoye said the youths wished to return home to a healthy living, stating that democracy must be allowed to run smoothly.
Meanwhile, the Kogi state chapter of the PDP on Monday, March 12, berated Governor Yahaya Bello for exhibiting juvenile delinquency in governance.
The party was reacting to the governor's decision to reverse his action in dissolving the state executive council and the council administrators in the 21 local councils within minutes.
The party said the governor’s rigmarole in decision-making on sensitive issues that affect the lives of the people of the state was a hallmark of his administration brazen ineptitude and cluelessness.
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