Young Nigerians above the age of 18 have been advised to be more active in party politics and make tangible contributions to the socio political development of their immediate communities, in readiness for actual political leadership positions.
An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan gave the advice on Saturday while unveiling ‘OJO OLA OYO’, the theme of his governorship aspiration, at the New Garage, Oluyole Local Government Area, Ibadan.
According to Olaosebikan, beyond ensuring that the youth register and collect their Permanent Voter cards, early participation in the politics and development of their areas is the only way to make meaning out of the recently signed “Not Too Young To Run Act”.
A statement by Femi Omolola, head of the Ojo Ola Oyo media team, quoted the former local government chairman as saying: “Greater participation of youth in politics would tremendously strengthen our democracy and accelerate development in various parts of the country as more quality, energetic and vibrant people would be involved in the process of governance and developing the country.”
Olaosebikan stated that “early participation of youth in politics and developmental process would prepare the youth for leadership as politicking would make them to be focused, bold, responsible, responsive and hard working.
“For instance, a young man that sets his eyes on holding a political position in future would know that he has to be responsible at all times, be faithful in all relationships and associations, be hardworking and above all avoid any act or crime that could take him to jail which will automatically end his dream.”
The Oluyole Local Government chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on July 2, 2018 endorsed Olaosebikan for the party’s governorship ticket for the 2019 gubernatorial election.
The National body of the Alumni Association of The Polytechnic Ibadan has also promised to mobilize its members and students of the institution in support of Olaosebikan.