The legislator representing Oshodi /Isolo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Tony Nwulu has urged youths in the country to join political parties ahead of the 2019 elections to enable them be voted into political offices.â€Ž
â€ŽNwulu, a co-founder of the political advocacy group, Not-too-Young-to-Run stressed the need for youths to work hard and ensure that candidate of their choice in the forthcoming election emerges through the ballot box. He warned that election is beyond instagram and facebook fantasies. He made the call at the Emerging Political Leaders Summit in Abuja where he beckoned on youths to come out in large numbers to vote by ensuring they get registered to participate in the electoral process.
â€ŽHon. Nwulu who initiated “not-too-young-to-run-bill; a bill that highlights the inclusiveness and relevance of youths in governance, buttressed his presentations with proverbial references â€Žas he said the destiny of the youths is in their hands and they should not wish it over. The proactive lawmaker called on the youths to go to their base and show they can serve as politics is local and grassroot oriented.
â€ŽThe “emerging political leaders summit” which had speakers from different political backgrounds including the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, represented by Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs,â€Ž provided a platform for qualitative conversation, discourse and strategic deliberations on the alternative channels for political participation as well as networks to the current conventional system which created a huge gap between leadership and the people.
Osinbajo, however, advised youths not to expect that from the day they start participating in politics they would become the president of Nigeria. He said that it was not realistic and could not happen, but that they needed to start gradually from the ward level and move up to local government level and to state â€œbefore the presidencyâ€™â€™.
Mr Kingsley Moghalu, former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said that youths had the power to change their destiny to a better future by participating in politics from the grassroots. Moghalu said that what the country needed was a democratic revolution at the polling units, adding that for it to happen the citizens should recognize that they had the power to change and improve governance.