Chinedu Onyeizu, Abia South Senatorial aspirant
By Emma Mogbede
Abia South All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial aspirant Mr Chinedu Onyeizu says the best gift of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to Nigerian youths is the signing into law of the Not Too Young to Run Act.
Onyeizu, 38, said this on Monday in Abuja while addressing newsmen on his Senatorial aspiration.
“I tell my fellow youths that the the best gift President Buhari has given to young Nigerians, is to initiate that social contract with youths, and by signing into law, the Not too Young to Run Bill.
“I encourage them to leverage on it, of course, that Bill has taken away that legal barrier that youths are confronted with,” he said.
He, however, added that though economic, institutional and social barrier were still there preventing youths from going into politics, the president should be commended for signing the Bill.
He said he was banking on the Not Too Young to Run Act to mobilise Abia youths, empower and provide the needed dividend of democracy.
“I am concerned about the hopelessness of the youths of the Senatorial district, the bad roads in the community, and lack of youth empowerment, these are more important to my people,” he said.
The aspirant said a wind of change was presently blowing in Abia, adding that the people of Abia South were ready for a change.
“Old and young, market men and women, students, artisans and the rural folk are ready for this change.
“I am ready to bring this change to Abia South, so that my people may have a strong voice in the National Assembly from 2019,” he said.
He added that this was now necessary because Abia South Senatorial zone had been running in circles for too long.
This, he said, was so because the district had for too long, replaced purposeful leadership with selfish leaders who lacked direction.
He maintained that issues that affected the people, were yet to be settled or brought to national level.
He added that the people of Abia South had said it loud and clear that they have had enough of the same old breed politicians who never fulfilled their campaign promises come 2019 senatorial election.
“They deserve better. That is why I dare to bring about change. I believe that now is the time to bring about that change.
“I am committed to do things differently if elected. I believe I have what it takes to offer qualitative representation at the Senate.
“I will leverage on my training in political affairs, management of people and resources garnered from reputable institutions around the world and a robust track record of accomplishments to deliver on my promises,” he said.
He said at 38, he was starting his political career from the Senate because he had the skills, qualifications, innovative spirit and the passion to positively impact on lives with any position that he occupied.
Onyeizu stressed that youths could be agents of development that the country needed to achieve a break-away from deprivation and lack.
He, however, added that there was need for youths to demonstrate that they were ready to put their talents and competences at the disposal of national interest.
This, he said, was critical to show that they were the catalyst that was needed to speed up the process for the desired change.
“Though the task may be daunting, we need to step out boldly with a mindset that we can achieve it and the courage to enthrone change.” he said. (NAN)