13th July, 2012
As part of efforts to fortify the party ahead of future elections, the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, has inaugurated its Youth Mobilisation Committee tagged “YOMOCO.”
Speaking at the inauguration, the state chairman of the party, Capt. Olatunji Shelle, said the inauguration is a further proof of the party’s steady march towards restoration with a mandate to take the message to the grassroots throughout the state.
He said: “I want to note here though that based on recent developments in our party, especially using the last local government elections and those preceding it as yardstick, we can actually win in major electoral contests in Lagos State to the extent that such contests are free and fair. Of course, we know our challenges have been more of internal contradictions but we thank God we are now gone beyond this as we focus more on what we can do together for the overall interest of the party rather than the disagreements of the past.
“From the planning stage to what we are seeing here today, we have been conscious of the imperative to properly engage our youths more strategically in advancing the cause of the party at all levels of our structures. Thus, the specific roles of this youth body we are inaugurating today is already well defined which will witness greater integration of our efforts and resources in harnessing our desired electoral fortunes in future elections in Lagos State.
“Being the apex body of the youth wing of our party in strategic co-ordination of our campaign messages and drive, they are expected to liaise with the entire PDP youths and others across board to preach the PDP values as a better choice for the greater good of our state. We realise that it has become very important to educate our people about the incalculable damage already done by the ruling ACN in its various colours and guises over the years and indeed, that it is now time for change, an overdue change which should naturally lead to the formation of the next government in Lagos State by the PDP,” he averred.
Shelle said that such change will go beyond mere change in colours and name but also in the essential leadership values that will bring real progress and development to the good people of Lagos in a manner they are yet to experience.
“We strongly believe that time and season will come and in no distant time because the people themselves are now tired of same of the same spanning over thirteen years of exploitative rulership in Lagos State. The story of our collective enslavement in both economic and political terms by the desperadoes is untold and quite depressing. Now, we know better how bad the situation has become!
“Therefore, as we inaugurate the Lagos PDP YOMOCO, we want to implore all our youths to be discerning in this critical task of mobilisation throughout the state. All eyes are on you to be good ambassadors of the PDP. Do ensure that you conduct yourselves in orderly manner, preaching peace, development and renewal rather than violence. We want to see a co-ordinated implementation of your programmes and indeed an effective delivery on this as a reflection of the party’s worthy leadership and by extension the great expectations of the people of Lagos from the PDP as a party of choice on a rescue mission in the state,” he said.