By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Oyo State, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan on Saturday urged Nigerian youth of 18 years and above to be more active in party politics and make tangible contributions to the socio political development of their areas, in readiness to taking leadership positions.
The APC gubernatorial hopeful who made the plea in Ibadan declared that in addition to ensuring that Nigerians of 18 years and above register and collect their Permanent Voter cards, there is there is the need for early participation by the youths in the politics and development of their areas.
According to the journalist turned politician while speaking at the unveiling of the thematic ‘OJO OLA OYO’ signage proclaiming his governorship aspiration at the New Garage, Oluyole Local Government Area of Ibadan , this ” is the only way of making real meaning out of the Not Too Young To Run Act recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Alhaji Olaosebikan emphasized that the essence of the Not too Young to rule Act would be defeated if more youth do not take the bull by the horns and participate actively in politics, adding that “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.
Stressing that apart from the gains to the country, the APC governorship aspirant pointed out 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.
He maintained that 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.”
Alhaji Olaosebikan however lauded the initiators of the Not Too Young To Run Act, the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari for making it a reality.