Youth groups in the oil rich Rivers State have thrown their weight behind Dr. Dax Alabo George-Kelly as he seeks to occupy the office of governor of the state in the next political dispensation.
The endorsement is coming from a coalition of Rivers State Youths for Better Deal and the Niger Delta Youth for Practical Development, Rivers State chapter, who took the consultation train to the youth leader of the state and speaker, Rivers State Youth Leaders Assembly, Prince Tonye Jeminimiema, last weekend in Port Harcourt.
Leaders of the groups, Mr. Mike Omachi and Mr. Daniel Isaiah in their remarks stated that the consultation was to galvanize youth leaders to close rank with a view to push for a younger and youth friendly governor.
According to them, “the youths have been side-lined in the scheme of things in the state, it is so sad and absurd that the youths who are often used as foot soldiers by politicians to gain their political ambition and when they enter, they dump the youths.
“Come 2023, the youths in Rivers State will not be relegated to the background again, we have to choose a candidate that will listen to our cries and concerns, somebody who will feel our pains and consciously take pragmatic steps to create jobs and empowerment opportunities.
“The youths constitute 80 per cent of jobless and unemployed people with nobody caring to know the emotional and psychological trauma the youths are going through, no employment, no empowerment.
“We have carefully watched all the aspirants who have picked the expression of interest form in the ruling party in the state PDP and have considered George- Kelly more acceptable, popular understanding, grassroots orientated and more connected with the youths, it is obvious that the option party APC in the state who was supposed to field a youth took the other way, hence we are calling on all well meaning youths in the state who are privileged to be delegates in the PDP to settle for Dr. Alabo George Kelly during the governorship primaries come 21st of May, 2022.
“We wish to humbly enjoin Governor Nyesom Wike to consider all sterling leadership qualities of Dr. Alabo George Kelly and give him his support to fly the flag of the PDP in the March 2023 governorship election. We have come to seek partnership with the Rivers State Youth Leaders Assembly to drive this vision to fruition,” they stressed.
In his response, the speaker of Rivers State Youth Leaders Assembly, Jeminimiema affirmed the readiness of the apex youth leadership body of the state on the call for the PDP delegates in the state to vote for George Kelly during the PDP governorship primaries, to enable him flag the PDP ticket in the March 2023 governorship elections in the state.