Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it hopes to explore the possibility of winning the votes of youths and women who form an overwhelming population of the electorate in the country towards winning back the presidency in 2019.
The Deputy National Chairman of PDP (South), Yemi Akinwumi, who made the assertion, commended the office of the National Youth Leader of the party for being the first to have set the ball rolling in mobilising the youths.”
Akinwunmi who spoke at a meeting of the PDP Youth Leader with coordinators of affiliate youth groups in the country, assured that the youths would be given special attention and backed with all they need to deliver victory for the party in 2019.
While emphasising the crucial role of the youth in party politics, Akunwumni said among the youths are found the most active set of electorates who would be ready to stand in the sun and rain in order to cast their votes.
According to him, it was because of this that the party has resolved to do everything in its powers to support the youth groups so as to work hard to recover power from the APC.
He urged the youths to be more active in the social media to able to tackle the inefficiencies of the ruling party and bring out their failures for Nigerians to know and to be guided in their decisions ahead of the elections.
He said the two most important offices in the party that can ensure voting advantage are the offices of the Youth and Women Leaders.
The PDP National Youth Leader, Mr. Sunday Ude-Okoye, said the youth department would soon embark on nationwide retreats to sensitise youth leaders on grassroots mobilisation campaigns.
“We should also, as youth leaders, be conscious of the fact that it is our responsibility to educate all Nigerian youths on the need to vote for our party, secure the vote, defend themselves and their votes, and insist on the announcement of the authentic results at every polling booth,” he advised.
He noted that it is only PDP’s victory in 2019 that would put the nation’s economy on the right track, guarantee job creation, security and viable environment for Nigerian youths.
The deputy national chairman said if the party can manage its youths groups very well it would have little need to dissipate energies on campaigns.
Deputy National Youth Leader, Babangida Maina, said due to some mistakes the party made during the last general election, it lost the presidency.
He however said that the party has learnt its lessons and hopefully it will retake power in 2019.