By Egodi Nkiruka Okeke
Youths in the Anambra North Senatorial zone, in collaboration with National Youth Council of Nigeria, Anambra North Zone; Association of Town Union, (ASATU) Youth Wing, Anambra North Senatorial Zone; Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Youth Wing, Anambra North Zone and Supreme Council of Omambala Youth, held their maiden youth summit on Saturday 8th December, 2018.
The event which had its theme as “Violence Free Election and Utilization of Our PVC for the Right Candidates: A sure way to Peace, Progress and Development”, was held at Umueri Recreation Club, Otuocha, Anambra East LGA, in Anambra State.
The guest speaker, Dr. P.N Ekemezie, in his keynote address, titled “Powers of the Electorate in Democracy”, noted that the Leadership of youths should demand from each contestants for political offices, a written, signed and well dated manifesto, stating intentions with timelines for delivery if elected.
Mr. Ekemezie, added that failure to abide by the promises contained in the manifesto periodically should attract sanctions and that it was a sure way to fight bad Leadership in the state.
He further advised Youths not to depend on the fake promises of contestants, rather put accountability, poverty reduction and accessibility to the electorate in consideration when making their choices of candidates.
Dr. Chinedu Emeka, represented by Clement Nnaluo, appreciated the Anambra North Youths for the opportunity created to lecture the Youths on a sure way to peace, progress and development especially on the forth coming election; and also thanked them for the award conferred on him.
Speaking on the event, the SSA to the Governor of Anambra State on Projects, Hon. Obakasi Ojukwu, commended the youths of Anambra North for the well organized programme and pledged his solidarity to positive steps taken in actualizing their dreams.
In an Interview with Fides, the host of the programme, Comr.IKC Onuorah, thanked God for a successful event, and said that the event was aimed at ensuring Youth inclusiveness and participation, as well as educate them on the importance of their PVC in ensuring 2019 General Election become free and fair without any form of violence perpetrated by Youths .