The Ogun State governorship candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in the 2015 election, Prince Rotimi Paseda on Thursday promised that 45 per cent appointment would be allocated to the youths in his government if elected Governor in 2019 elections.
Paseda made the vow following Presidential Mumammadu Buhari’s promise to sign the Not-too-young-to-run bill as soon as it is transmitted to him by the National Assembly.
The former governorship candidate, while receiving the House of Assembly aspirants on the platform of UPN in Ijebu-Ode, said youths were the bedrock of any nation’s economy growth, saying that they must be given chance in government.
He explained that youths participation in politics was vital, insisting that their active participation would do good than arm as well as strengthened the Democracy of the country.
According to him, with the country’s democracy clocking 19 year’s in existence, there is still a vacuum being created with the little participation of the youths, a situation, he described not too good for the nation.
He therefore assured his total support for any youth who aspired to be a public office holder, saying the country needed to start grooming her youths for leadership positions.
Paseda, however, pleaded with other old politicians to give the youths chance to participate in the governance and project Nigeria.
The National Chairman, Prof. Bankole Adelaja-Okuwa, expressed confidence that Paseda had the capacity to transform the economic fortunes of the state.
He added that Paseda possessed the virtues of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and that such were needed in formulating developmental policies for the state.
The National Chairman hinted that the structure of the party would soon be taken over by the pan Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere.
According to him, “I have studied him (Paseda), I have been close to him over the years and I am confident that he can do what Awolowo did.
“What we are declaring today is the very beginning of a new life. Paseda is going to uplift this state and country. He is Awolowo’s incarnate and I believe he is going to do it.
“I am an Awoist myself and we will ensure that our government provides free education at all levels.
“Beside that, Paseda is going to industrialise Ogun state and thus will become the first industrial state in Nigeria.
“If Nigeria is going to move on, people like him should bring their policies on board.
“UPN is going to be taken over by Afenifere and this struggle will be beyond Ogun state.
He also debunked rumours of alleged division in the party’s leadership structure.
“What I want to you us is that I don’t want us to be hypocritical here. Anyone who has come because of that can take his or her leave.
“This is the Unity Party of Nigeria. It can’t be broken because it is Awolowo’s party. There is no division in this party. No one has the power in this party to do that, including myself”.
The State Chairman of the party, Alhaja Aminat Olatunbosun, said the intention of Governor Ibikunle Amosun to pick his successor from the Ogun West Senatorial District is a ploy to distabilise the State.
The Party Chairperson opined that it would be grossly injustice to ask Ogun East, with more local government areas, to wait for another 16 years before taking a shot at the number one seat of the State.
She said the Party had decided to zone it’s governorship seat to Ogun East, hence calling on all the Party faithful to work hard for the success of the Party at the 2019 general elections.
The Party Chairperson also said UPN remains the only credible Party in the country now as it remained committed to the welfare of the masses.
Her words, “What Nigeria need now is an alternative to the misrule of the so called big parties in Nigeria, the Party that prides itself as the biggest Party in Africa and the Party with the acronym of ,change’
“What Nigeria need now is not hunger, insecurity and unemployment where the tribal herdsmen has turned Nigeria to slumber, “she said