Some youths in Ekiti on Monday staged what they tagged, “Revolution Rally,” asking the people to reject the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress in the 2018 governorship poll.
Specifically, they urged the people to resist former governors wanting to return to office either in person or through a surrogate, saying they failed to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.
The procession started at Adebayo area and terminated at Ajilosun area of Ado Ekiti.
The youths unanimously adopted the candidacy of one Tosin Ajibare from Ikere in Ekiti South senatorial district for the governorship poll.
Ajibare, is to contest the election under the banner of the Independent Democrat.
Addressing the crowd, Ajibare said the youths would begin a ‘political revolution’ in the state in 2018.
He said, “To underscore the level of failure of these past and present leaders, they advised us to go to school, we did that but nothing happened afterwards. No jobs, no bursary, no scholarship. All they wanted to be using us for is political thuggery.
“We have been helping them to rig elections but we say no to that in 2018. A young man of 35 years can’t feed himself and family in Ekiti. Our parents sent us to schools and they are still the ones taking care of us and our children, this is sad.
“But let me say this, we have to free ourselves. The revolution we are planning for 2018 is a real one and when we win, it is going to be a departure from the past.
“We will promote education, agriculture, healthcare system and we will fight corruption, because we know it is the greatest enemy of this country.
“We are assuring you, as youths, we know where the shoe pinches and we will spare no efforts to turn Ekiti around by ensuring probity, accountability, transparency and justice.”
A student leader in Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Valentine Ugochinyere, lamented that students were paying between N100,000 and N150,000 as tuition in a poverty-stricken state like Ekiti.
“It is only a fool that will say a Congo of rice and N200 is enough for him to survive for a period of four years. Enough of this deception by our leaders.
“They said they are promoting education, but no scholarship for students, no bursary and we are paying huge tuition.
“We have been fighting for them and in 2018, we must fight for ourselves because it takes a strong political will to be able to fight already established system.”