By Chukwudi Ikpe
An independent political group, National Democratic Mandate Group (NDMG), has warned the youths of Imo State not to allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous and unrepentant politicians to cause havoc during the fourth coming elections in 2019.
The group also cautioned the youths not to collect money from politicians to vote them, stressing that politicians who share money will dump them when they get to office because they have paid them.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Imo State students’ chapter of the group in Owerri, the chairman of the apex leaders of the group in the state, Chief Patrick Ohajianya (Anagbaka Chimba), also said that the time has come for youths to take charge instead of being used to snatch ballot boxes.
Chief Ohajianya, who is also one of the gubernatorial candidates in Imo State, pointed out that the only way they can achieve this is by participating properly in the electoral process.
He, therefore, advised them to ensure that they register and get their permanent voters card (PVC) which, he said, is the determinant factor.
Chief Ohajianya also advised them not to castigate their leaders, adding that NDMG which was formed in 2015 is a loyal group.
He highlighted some of the aims of the group which included to foster mutual understanding, to ensure adoption of credible candidates and to mobilize support for credible candidates, among others.
Performing the inauguration the legal adviser of the group, Barr. Ihezue charged the youths to use what they have to get what they need, adding that they should organize programmes that will better the group, the state and the nation at large.
Also speaking the National Women leader of the group and a lecturer at the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Dr. Mrs Adanma Ukaoma, advised the youths to support credible candidates who will listen to them when they go into office and to shun money bags who have stolen the money from our LGAs and states.
More than 200 youth from Imo State University, Owerri, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) Owerri and Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo were in attendance.
By Chukwudi Ikpe