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2019: Group Condemns Sit-tight Syndrome of Nigerian Politicians

An advocacy group, One Adult One Youth, has condemned the sit-tight tendency of some members of the political class who desire to continue in government beyond 2019 having previously held powerful positions in Nigeria since the 1970’s and 1980’s.


Speaking at a dialogue session with the theme: “Mentoring in Leadership: The role of Nigerian youth in leadership” in Abuja on Wednesday, the President of the group, Lilian Ogbole, demanded for a referendum to determine the decision of Nigerians on the call for full-fledged youth participation in Nigerian politics ahead of the 2019 polls.

Against that backdrop, she urged the Federal Government to ensure a 50-50 power sharing formula between youths and elderly politicians; stressing that it will also help reduce the menace of political god-fatherism which, according to her, is not in the best interest of the nation.

“There is a need for an urgent positive action by way of a referendum that will give serious consideration to full-fledged youth participation in Nigerian Politics.

“We are fed up with the same group of people whose positive impact we have not felt in decades disguising themselves under various forms to endlessly rule and control us in the ways and manners they desire.

“We are demanding from the Federal Government that a 50-50 power sharing formula from the Presidency to the ward council level be put in place before the 2019 general elections.

This, we believe will support the eradication of the obnoxious practice of godfatherism and monetization of the entire political process.

“We are envisaging a situation where the sons and daughters of nobody can comfortably and confidently aspire to become presidents and governors in Nigeria through hardwork, visionary projection and ideology,” she said.


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