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Youths decry exclusion from PDP structures

08 April 2016, 17:20

Lagos – A youth empowerment advocate has bemoaned the lack of youths in the committees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of its national convention set for next month.

Oke Umurhohwo, a Co-convener of the Youth in Government Nigeria, said the compilation by the former ruling party did not see the youths as a pivotal organ in the party’s relevance and perception.

“No nation can progress or successfully navigate the murky waters of globalization without taking adequate care of her youths and children,” Umurhohwo said.

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“(Thus) when the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), released the full list of its special committees, ahead of its May 21 National
Convention, I went through the list and must admit that I was dismayed, disappointed, perplexed and ashamed with the lack of youths inclusion in the various committees.”

Umurhohwo said with the exception of Osita Chidoka, the list contained the same set of “chronologically advanced” people that have been there for ages.

Umurhohwo said for a party that had its image “battered, shattered and pulverized” and had many political analysts pronouncing it “dead” after the general election in April 2015, PDP must focus on bringing the youths on as recommended in its post election report.

Umurhohwo emphasised to the national leadership of PDP the youths were the highest voting demographic in the country.

“The leadership must not forget this undeniable fact. It seems the PDP’s plan is to neglect, reject, relegate, annihilate and denigrate the youths of this great party, consequently reflecting that across all Nigerian youths.”

Ahead of the next general elections in 2019, Oke said PDP must succeed in rebuilding the party.

“I therefore call on the national Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to as a matter of urgency and in the spirit of fairness to include at least
eight youths in the committees. Two per committee.”

- News 24


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