As the 2019 elections draw closer a youth activist and a gubernatorial hopeful in Gombe state, Aliyu Hairdar Abubakar, has sensitised the youths on the ills of vote buying and against offering themselves to be used as thugs by desperate politicians.
Haidar, gave the counsel at a sensitisation rally he personally organized at the Gombe state township stadium on Sunday to create awareness on the not too young to run law and the dangers of elections violence.
The convener who said the occasion was to create awareness and also encourage all young persons seeking elective positions to freely exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights and privileges within the ambits of the law, described the cash for votes syndrome as the worst that could happen to any society.
“Votes selling is like selling ones conscience and rights, that is why I decided to mobilise the youths to sensitise them on the need to be careful against being used as agents of vote buying by desperate politician, saying it has been on record that all dirty political activities like political violence is hatched by politicians using the teeming jobless youths.” He said.
Haidar who said he will soon declare his intension on which political platform to run for the Gombe state gubernatorial seat, urged the youths not to reduce running for office to sharing money but make sure they participate by voting according to their conscience, stressing that Nigerian youths must get it right for the progress and development of the country.
“Use your vote wisely by not selling it or allowing politicians to sway you through petty sentiments.” Haidar said.
“It is time for the youths to wake up, resist the temptation to be used as tools for destruction by politicians that would dump them thereafter and see themselves as tools of unity and development.” He added.
The young politician, a son to the president of the federal court of appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, said, “monetization of politics must end with the present generation, we must be seen to be playing by the rules, we must practice politics with decorum .” Haidar said.
He said, he decided to join the gubernatorial race to serve as a leading example to the youths in the state and to also offer himself for service to God, his state and to humanity as a whole.
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