Ekiti Youths Demand Governorship Position in 2018

Ekiti youths have expressed their desire to pioneer what they described as ‘bloodless revolution’ as the State prepares for 2018 governorship poll, saying time has come for the youths to produce the next governor to prevent further neglect in governance. 

The youth group said it would field a candidate against candidates to be presented by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming governorship election, lamenting how they are being ostracised in both elected and appointed positions.

The founder of the Movement for the Development of Youths and Children, Mr Tosin Ajibare, made the statement in Ado Ekiti earlier this month during the 1st Annual Ekiti Youths Conference and EXPO 2016.

Ajibare, who may likely be the governorship candidate for the coalition of various youth groups, said the coalition may look beyond the APC and PDP platforms to realise the dream.

“We can’t allow this sidelining to continue and we have to take our destiny in our own hands. How can the old people be recycling themselves in government as if the youths are not growing or relevant? This is unacceptable.”

“That is why we are going to pioneer this bloodless revolution in Ekiti next year.

“The economy is not working and youths are not getting employed. With this conference, the revolution has begun and time has come for us to forget the old ways of doing things. We will take over Ekiti government by 2018,” he said.

He, however, did not give a hint on the name of the political party they would contest on its platform.

Delivering his lecture entitled: ‘Youths: Leaders of Today’, a Lawyer, Mr Tobi Adelusi, regretted that Nigeria’s politics had been monetised, making it an affair of only the rich. “This may dim the chances of the youths from taking over the government,” he said.

Adelusi urged Nigerian youths to be focused, dogged and resolute in their quests to reclaim what belongs to them.

Mr Adelusi added that time had come for youths to reject bad governance by first rejecting money during elections and vote according to the dictate of their conscience.

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    JO adeyemi
    March 30, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    While this would ordinarily appear as the right step in the right direction, the questions are; are they prepared physically and psychologically? Are they not just doing this to attract attention and possibly patronage from the political class? What are the plans after the bloodless revolution? Do they have a concrete and achievable agenda that more than just paper work? Are they genuinely qualified? How do they plan to mobilize the electorate to their side?

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    March 30, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    A humble reply to Jo Adeyemi,
    Have you carefully studied the political formation in Nigeria space… do u think those governors, chairmen don’t have genuine plans for the masses. But this plans will never materialise, bcos the godfather syndrome will not make they perform. The youth agenda is born out neglect and bad governance, the youth agenda is born out of the zeal to kill the greediness of our present political class. Do we have the psychologic mindset? Yes we do. Do we have a workable plan? Yes, we do. Do we have the physical power ? Yes we do.
    The biggest question… our plan to mobilise the electorates to our side. It’s begins with you and mi. Do we like the present political conditions of our country? Have we been led by the best hands in Nigeria? Have we ever enjoyed the benefits of democracy? If you 80% of ur answer is No, then u need to help propagate this youth agenda. We r re-engineering the Nigeria Political space, the journey starts with Ekiti gubernatorial, we r ready for it. We r prepared, we have our blueprint. Hear the sounds of the drum to victory. Together we will make Ekiti great again. Together Nigeria will work. The youth agenda is a dream bigger than all of us.

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