A coalition of youth groups under the aegis of “Youths Occupy State Assembly” (YOSA) has pledged to upturn the old traditional system of recycling used politicians in their drive to take over the centre-stage of governing the country.
Also, the group has adopted the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), as the only veritable platform to actualise their dream.
At a press conference held in Lagos, the National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Eric Oluwole, noted that Nigerian youth platform has within the provisions of the 1999 Nigerian constitution, which guarantees the rights to lawful assembly and freedom of speech, resolved to rise against the dominance and the recycling of old politicians governing the country with a view to repositioning the bastardized political system through the involvement of youths in governance and other related governmental affairs.
Oluwole said: “It is on this premise that we have decided to adopt the UPN as the only credible, veritable and youth-oriented party to be occupied and endorsed for youths for their political agitation.
“Respecting our political ancestral father, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, an astute politician, presented the most coherent plan of action during the electioneering campaign in 1979. “The recent ‘not-too-young-to-run’ bill passed by the National Assembly was a commendable step and depicted our resolve to indeed occupy the political space, in order to remedy the leadership mandate that has become a bottleneck in service delivery of good governance in Nigeria.”
In his own remarks, the National Chairman of the UPN, Prof Bankole Okuwa, blamed Nigerian leaders for the poor economic state of the country.
According to the professor of political science, since the country’s political independence in 1960, Nigeria, being a leading African country, is not an example in everything positive.
“This is the home of corruption in the world. We are number three in the world. Our leaders know this. When they travel abroad, they know those things that are good but they can’t replicate them when they return home. All they want is upper class status, so that they can be different from others.
“Young graduates have no job and none of the political parties that we have in this country is ready to look after the employment of youths. PDP is in shambles. PDP is in ruins. APC has a semblance of the UPN but they don’t practice the concepts and philosophies of the Awo’s party.”
However, the UPN National Chairman admonished youths not to despair, that they should make themselves available for elective offices and seize the golden opportunities to unleash their potentials in the coming 2019 general elections.