Ahead of the 2015 general election, Hon. Michael Ogbodo, a leading aspirant for Ogori/Magongo State Constituency in Kogi State and the most senior aide to Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, representing Kogi Central Senatorial District in the Senate, has called on youths across the country to avoid any form of violence before, during and after the elections.
Ogbodo made the call when different groups of youths in the constituency paid him a solidarity visit in his hometown.
He was at home in continuation of his consultation with key stakeholders from Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area preparatory to his formal declaration.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Assembly hopeful, who is in his mid-thirties, noted that the Nigerian youths must strive hard to take the centre stage in the forthcoming general election, while advising them to be actively involved in the process without allowing themselves to be used by self-serving politicians.
His words: “As the 2015 election gets closer, we need to advise ourselves as youths not to be involved in any kind of violence – be it political violence, political thuggery or electoral violence – throughout the exercise. We must not make ourselves willing tools in the hands of self-seeking politicians who are only interested in using us, the youths, to achieve their selfish goals. They have used us enough and we must therefore take our destiny into our hands by supporting youths with credibility and the requisite qualification that have mustered the courage to come out and contest for whatever position in the 2015 polls. Let us prove to the world that we are up to the task.”
He further observed that the remarkable achievements and laudable contributions of his boss, Abatemi-Usman, on the floor of the Senate as the youngest Senator, in the midst of people old enough to be his father, was a clear indication that the youths could do it better.