The Delta State All Progressives Congress (APC) 2023 Deputy Governorship candidate, Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi, the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA), has asserted that the debate over youths participation in politics will continue until Nigerian youths are given the opportunity and level playing ground to contest political office.
Rt. Hon. Osanebi, who represents the good people of Ndokwa East State Constituency in the state legislature, made this declaration in a post on his Facebook wall on Monday morning, July 18, 2022.
According to him, as youths are given this opportunity, the question about the readiness of young people to compete in the tedious Nigerian Political terrain is gradually being laid to rest.
“More young people than ever before are engaging in local community advocacy and movement building, amongst other political activities in preparation for the 2023 general elections and beyond.
“Supporting a young candidate therefore is becoming imperative considering the situation of the country and the fact that the future of young people is becoming decided by people other than those that will be affected by the decision.
“The recent report that 27 year old Maryam Laushi is the National Publicity Secretary of the newly formed Modern Democratic Party goes a long way in saying young people may not despise humble beginning after all.
“In this vein, the power of numbers which rules politics may be the next daunting task to acquire but there is good news.
“According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 52% of registered voters are between the ages of 18-35. Youths between those ages are around a third of the population. Young people aren’t leaders of tomorrow any longer, we are the leaders of today.
“The United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs estimates that Nigeria’s Population will be just under 200million by the beginning of 2023. Nearly two-third (62%) of Nigerian population is aged under 24, giving Nigeria one of the youngest demographics in the world.
“While the statistics is very impressive, the quality of young Nigerians when it comes to knowledge, capacity, charisma and bringing fresh ideas, innovation and solutions to our democratic system is the reason Nigerians have to take the gamble in supporting youth candidacy in the near future.
“The participation of young people in governance will ensure that the issues of priority on young Nigerians are on government agendas.
“Good Morning. Wishing You a Lovely Week,” the deputy governorship candidate, fondly called Rt. Hon. Comr. Otunba Friday Osanebi, further stated.
The Delta State APC 2023 governorship candidate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, who is the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, recently named Rt. Hon. Osanebi, a former Ndokwa youth leader, his running mate in a fierce contest that might pitch the latter against the Assembly Speaker he deputized.