Ekiti State youths led by an advocacy group; the Pentagon Movement Group (PMG) has advocated continuity in government and charged youths in the state to participate in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which would guarantee their participation in the 2022 and 2023 elections in the state.
Speaking with newsmen at the state secretariat of the All Progressive Congress, the state coordinator of PMG, Ademola Ilesanmi after a rally which has thousands of youths in attendance drumming support for the support for the success of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in subsequent governorship election in the state, said now is the time for young generation to leave social media sphere and participate actively in politics in their respective communities.
The peaceful rally attended by the national coordinator of PTG and son of the Ondo state governor, Babajide Akeredolu kicked off from the popular Fajuyi park down to Ojumose, Okeiyinmi, Ijigbo, Ajilosun areas of the state capital before it was rounded off at the APC state secretariat.
Ilesanmi said the rationale behind the launching of the group is to give youth voice, strength and ensure “they take their rightful place in the politics of Ekiti State.”
He noted that the youths are a principal aspect of democracy in the country, adding that the youthful population when deployed rightly can influence the outcome of the 2022 governorship poll in the state.
Ilesanmi added that the achievements of the Dr Kayode Fayemi-led administration would be properly sustained if the ruling APC retained power after the election next year.
According to him,” We are launching this group which has been successful in Ondo State today in Ekiti to give voice and strength to our youths. We want to take our rightful place in decision making and we can only achieve this when we participate actively.
“INEC has commenced voters registration and I want us to go out there and register to have our PVCs and make the difference come 2022 and the 2023 general election. We need to move out from social media and be on the ground.
“PMG has seen the successes of the present administration in the state and we are rooting for the continuity of APC for these things to be sustained and protected.”
The coordinator revealed that the group would soon roll out empowerment programmes for youths, women and the vulnerable in the state.
Receiving the youths, the state APC chairman, Mr Paul Omotosho commended the leadership of the group for the rally, saying youths occupied a very important place in any democracy.
Omotosho who advised them to register as a voter in the ongoing exercise by INEC added that the rally would boost the support base and development of the party in the state.
Below are the pictures that emerged after the peaceful rally