‘You don’t need money to win election in Kogi’ – Kogi Deputy Speaker tells African youth
African youths under the platform of the African Youth Community have been charged to get involved in elections without being discouraged by the strength of their pockets.
Using himself as an example to the young people across Africa gathered at the NAF Conference Center Abuja in the ongoing Young African Leaders conference, the Deputy Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Mohammed said he delved into politics without flying on the wing of godfatherism.
The House Member seen as one of the most active young leaders in Kogi said having money shouldn’t be the focus but the courage to pick an interest and get involved. He noted that one does not need money to win an election in Kogi adding that the state operates a political system that accommodates the young people.
He charged the young people to get involved in politics and replicate the leadership system in Kogi at the national level.
He emphasized that the youth should take over in 2023 and that there is already reliable youth to queue behind.
Hon. Ahmed was a guest speaker at the event and decorated as an Ambassador of African Youth alongside other young African leaders.
Responding to questions on how the youth can hold the leaders accountable, he noted that leadership continues to be the problem. However, the youth need harmonization. He said the leaders need to be responsive to the people and be accommodating.
He urged that the youth should negotiable power from the grassroots and change the narratives.
He added that there are youths capable of leading the nation but it starts from the young people identifying themselves. He said youthful leadership is achievable and that the young people will get it right and take over leadership.