THE All Progressives Congress (APC) is banking on the first term achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari as it plots to take over the South-East states of Ebonyi, Abia and Enugu.
In Abakaliki on Saturday, at a ceremony to mark the 5th anniversary of APC Youth League (APCYL), party chieftains lauded the projects the President Buhari was executing in the South-East. They boasted that the job of convincing the people of the area had been made easier because of the projects.
The National President of APCYL, Mr Solomon Faeren said that the party would succeed in its mission of taking over the zone in 2019.
An APC chieftain in Ebonyi, Mr Christian Chukwu, in the keynote lecture: “The Role of Nigerian Youths in Nation Building,” stated that APC was determined to dislodge the PDP in the region.
He urged youths to get involved in partisan politics as this would enable them to develop and build leadership capacity. The future of the country belonged to the youths and they should strive to participate in the political process.
He stated: “Youths are agents of progressive change and the future of any country belongs to the youths. The greatness of any nation is directly tied to the vibrancy and resilience of its youths. We will develop and build their capacity to take up leadership roles.”
Accusing the ruling party in Ebonyi of harassing APC members, he stressed that no level of intimidation could deter them from achieving their mission.
Despite the intimidation, he said that “the youths of Ebonyi won’t succumb. The fact that they are not succumbing is a clear sign that they want to take what belongs to them.”
The Coordinator of APCYL in Ebonyi, Mr Emmanuel Nweke, said that the league was committed to promoting good governance by mobilising youths to participate in the political process.
He said that the five year old organisation had engaged youths in active partisan political activities.
According to him, “our business and concern is to champion, project and promote collective interest of our party, we are not inclined to promoting any particular interest of individual members.
“All we ask is that every party member should come together to defeat the PDP in the state. The more united we are the better for us to bring the desired progressive change we clamour for in the state.”
The South-East Coordinator of APCYL, Mr Okenwa Uka, said that youths were ready and determined to bring positive change in the political leadership of the country.
He said that PDP led government in Ebonyi has failed to provide needed political leadership that would lift the people from poverty and under-development.
Uka said that, “the youths are driving the change in the state, and we are only asking our elders and leaders to support us to achieve our mission.
“We are committed to positive leadership transformation to redeem the lost glory of our state and we remain unstoppable.”