Godwin AJOM, Calabar
A Youth Group of the All progressive Congress in Cross River, known as APC youth lobby group, has proposed a 2 Billion Naira crowd funding strategy to support youths vying for political offices in the 2023 general elections, while mobilizing 3,000 youths for a political festival in Calabar the state capital.
Speaking on the crowd funding strategy, a member of the APC youths, Prince Mikel Abua, said the not too young to run bill that has been passed into law by the federal government has already empowered youths to run for elections in the country.
“APC is an ideology that is aimed at promoting the interest of the young people by ensuring that they participate in governance and we are ready to achieve it come 2023. The governor has not just looked at the law of not too young to run, but he has implemented the not too young to run bill, so that’s the essence of the not too young to run bill; to get youths to participate in governance.
“I have proposed an idea to ensure that we have N2 billion crowd funding to support youths, running for political offices in 2023. With our capacity, we just need 1,000 persons who will give us two million each,” he said
Earlier, chairman of the group, Oden Ewa, said, “the essence of the summit is to showcase the successes of Governor Ayade, mobilize and promote youths inclusiveness in governance starting from Cross River state”,
Also speaking, the director general of the Cross River State primary health care development agency, Dr. Janet Ekpeyong said the youths were ready to take over governance in 2023.
“For us, this event is an opportunity for us to appreciate his Excellency for giving young people, the opportunity to lead. He is also a he-for-she governor; for giving women chances.
“Come 2023, Cross River state youths are ready to take over government, So let youths converge at the U-J Esuene sports stadium on the 19 and 19th of February because, in fact, 2023 is all about the youths,” she affirmed.
The two days summit is organized by the APC youth Lobby group, and the summit is state wide.