Youth's Agitation For Power Ahead Of 2023 Via New Political Party Is An Exercise In Futility

Power is meant for those who are prepare to fight for it with vigour.

Youth Democratic Party

#EndSARS Protesters

In the first quarter of 2015, the conscience of Nigerian youths was reawakened by the slogan "Not Too Young To Run" which was thrown into the nations political space by civil society groups drowned from all works of life with the youths chanting "enough of injustice", our political processes are being midwived by few individuals in excess of four decades with no hope for the son of nobody.

An attempt to reduce the tension in the polity, the National Assembly in her wisdom responded to the clamour and dust the document pushed by the civil society groups in order to give it a legal backing. 

The bill was sponsored in the house of representatives by Hon. Tony Nwulu and in harmony with Senator Abdulaziz Nyako. The bill which seeks to alter section 65, 106, 131, 177 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and aimed at reducing the age limits of running for elective position. For House of Assembly and House of Representatives from 30year old to 25year old, Senate and Governorship from 35year old to 30year old and office of the President from 40 to 30year old and independent candidature in Nigeria.

The bill passed through the normal scrutiny of the National Assembly and was passed as an act of Parliament in July 2017 and was assented to by Mr President on the eve of 2019 general election. This action gave an overwhelming joy to the youth across the country.

As the Nation's political trend navigate its way through 2018-2019 down to 2020, there seems not to be a conducive environment for youth and other well-meaning Nigerians. This is informed by the rate of unemployment mayhem, kidnapping, robbery, banditry, police brutality and the activities of Boko Haram and its allies, the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) which has held the nation hostage.

The above establishes circumstances gave birth to the EndSars Protest with the youth agitating for an end to SARS and bad governance. A movement which was sabotaged by some political gladiators to repress the voice of the youths. 

Signing of the Not too Young to Run by President Muhammadu Buhari

Signing of the Not too Young to Run by President Buhari

In the aftermath of the EndSars Protest, the Nigerian Youths in their grief emotions vow to boycott the existing political party and create a new political party platform that would give 100% priority to the youth and with the sole aim of unseating the men in power.

This move has raised debate from various quarters across the country posing a question that, can a new political party unseat the incumbent, knowing fully well that 2023 is by the corner?

The response to the above question is NO.

An attempt to shun the existing political party and create another party would be an EXERCISE IN FUTILITY.
A political party whose foundation is laid on grief and emotions to exacerbate attempt of wanting to take over power cannot stand the test of time, hence, what the youths need is a political emancipatory movement at the same time channelling their energy towards the existing political party with the view of seeking relevancy, justice, and equity towards having youth candidates to aspire for a certain political seat.

A political movement which should later metamorphosize into a political party is recommended as a long time remedy to the present situation because the project of having a political party structure across the 36 states and the FCT and also by extension the 774 local government across the country is not a one day task and cannot be achieved by mere lips service. Hence, a long time blueprint is required for this struggle.

Power is meant for those who are prepared to fight for it with vigour.

Comr. Nelson Wilson
Political activist and a PanAfricanist.