Youths protest against alleged imposition ahead of Cross River council polls
Some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youths in Boki local government area have protested against alleged imposition of candidates for the upcoming February, 22, 2020 council elections in Cross River State.
The aggrieved youths, who stormed the Governor’s Office yesterday in Calabar, brandished placards with various inscriptions, including ‘our voices must be heard’; ‘We say no to overage leaders’; ‘Boki youths say no to cultism, drug abuse’; ‘We say no bad leaders’ and ‘Ayade come to our aid.’
Describing the decision as unacceptable, a chairmanship aspirant, Kidze Leo, stated: “We are opposed to the recycling of politicians from Boki who have been in power since 1999. In our hearts, we have a lot of worries. We are saying no to the imposition of one person against the opinion of many people. There have been a lot of killings in Boki which leaders have not come out to react to. They are only interested in their political ambition.”
He alleged: ” It is a big disappointment that someone who has been nominated and confirmed as a commissioner will go as low as causing confusion. I am a businessman and politician, an aspirant (chairmanship) for that matter. If I don’t come out to speak, who will talk for millions of these people? We have come to join forces to produce a vibrant chairman during the election.
“The leaders causing the confusion have been in power for a very long time. They don’t anybody to rise to their level or even above them. They are intimidated by the young people that coming into politics. When they see a rising star, the gang up and bring you down.
“They brainwash the other youths who are hungry, who can’t fend for themselves and use them against the other fellow youths. But this time, the majority of the people who want transformation are on this side. So, we will definitely conquer.”Another chairmanship hopeful on the PDP platform, Jonathan Osang, said: “They should allow us to go freely into the primary election. The problem of Boki is not the youths. The problem of Boki is the leaders. They have been in power since 1999. They were there when they were youths. Now they don’t want the youths to grow. We have a digital governor. We need a digital youth as chairman. The problem of Boki can never finish if we don’t have a youth as chairman.”
Addressing the protesters, the Permanent Secretary in charge of security in the Governor’s office, Mr. Alfred Mboto, called for calm, promising to take their grievances to his principal.