By John Ugo

As preparations gear up ahead of its February 26th National Convention, youths of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the South-South Zone have called for unity among members of the party.

Also, they demanded that young people should be given opportunities to occupy leadership positions in the party and opportunities in government.

The South-South Youth Leader of the APC Gabriel Iduseri stated this during the Zonal Youth Leadership, sensitisation and capacity building meeting for newly elected youth leaders of the party held in Benin City, the Edo state capital on Sunday.

He commended the Governor Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, of the party whose activities he said led to the successful conduct of ward, local government and state congresses expected to climax with the national convention.

Iduseri said “We the youths of the APC in the South-South zone are ready for the next level the party is going to. We have come together as one family and preaching unity and working together for the progress of the party and the country. We are also clamouring for inclusiveness in the party, inclusiveness in the governance of the country.”

“We all know that the journey of the APC in the last four years has been a bit difficult with divergent interests but here we are standing together again, ready to carry on and change the narratives of our zone.”.

According to him, “There is nothing that is as strong as a united house, a united party and a united zone. My message to the leaders of APC in the South-South Zone, is that; they need to be united in their political approach because a divided house cannot achieve anything meaningful, just as nothing good can come out of a war-torn zone.”

“I want to congratulate all the elected youth leaders who were elected in the last Congress from the Ward, Local Government and the State level.”

“Remember as a leader, you are saddled with lots of responsibilities and as a shining ambassador of the party, you have a task to ensure that our party is put on winning ways, because only winners can celebrate and losers are not known.”

Delivering a lecture at the event, one of the 14 lawmakers in Edo State who are yet to be inaugurated, Dr. Washington Osifo, urged the APC youth leaders to be bold and courageous and be ready “to interrogate those who are in power.”

He said,”Any youth who lacks that courage to interrogate those in power is not worthy of holding any office because the power belongs to you.”


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