- The 2019 general elections is a few months away from now
- Political parties are gearing up to get the majority votes of Nigerians
- One of the parties is confident that the bigger political parties will be rejected in the elections
Nigerian youths have been charged to drum their support for their colleagues to take over the mantle of leadership across boards in the 2019 general elections.
The national chairman of Young Progressive Party (YPP), Videyemo Bamaiyi, made this plea in Abuja while speaking to journalists after the formal declaration of an aspirant, David Adetunji Adeyeye for the position of Federal House of Representatives for the Federal Capital Territory, on the party's platform.
According to him, Nigeria's two major political parties have disappointed Nigerians in the last eighteen years, even as he advised the electorates especially youths to reject both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 and embrace YPP, which he said is dominated by teeming Nigerian youths.
His words: “Our party is all about raising a new breed of politicians without greed. We are doing politics in an unusual manner, we are youth centric, focused on youths and we are giving youths 80% placement in both elective and appointive positions, that is the position of party.
“There is an age you will reach in our party which you cannot run for elective positions. If in the public service, people have to retire at the age of 65, I see no reason why in politics, it is at 70 they begin to run for positions, we don't have a space for such kinds of positions in our party. But there could be a space for such person to play advisory role to young people whom we want to project.
“We are out to push a paradigm shift completely because we believe the young people are the majority of the people in Nigeria, therefore they deserve to rule themselves in a more current and civilised way unlike what is happening before.
“Presently, people who are ruling us now have taken us back to 18th century not even 19th century or 20th century and that is not the kind of things we represent.
“By the grace of God, we are taking over Presidency in 2019 because we are the third force people have been looking for. We don't believe that APC has good for Nigeria, we don't believe PDP has good for Nigeria, they are all birds of the same feather. And those other political parties that have formed a coalition together with the PDP are all the same.
“We are the ones that are progressives, who can change this country and we will present this country somebody who is 20 years younger than the current president. At least minimum of 20 years younger to be the president of Nigeria. That is the kind of paradigm shift this party is after.”
Meanwhile, the Not Too Young To Run movement has lamented the lack of internal party democracy and high cost of party nomination affecting the chances of young people and persons living with disabilities ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The group made its stance known on the issue on Monday, July 30, at a press briefing in Abuja, stressing that the situation “continually undermines the emergence of youth (men and women) candidates in the 2019 general elections.”
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