By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€” Worried by the total absence of social amenities in their communities, the people of Yala Local Government Area in Cross River State,Â have called on their political leadersÂ to step aside for a new breed of leaders for effective representation.
At a one-day summitÂ held at Okpoma, the council headquarters, weekend and attended by opinion leaders, youths, traditional rulers, and representatives of unions in the area from many states of the federation,Â the peopleÂ said that the political leaders â€œare only representing their pockets and families.â€
The communities in a communique at the end of the summit,Â rejected the politicians, who they alleged hadÂ stolen the mandate of the people in previous elections and insisted that â€œone-man one-vote policy must prevail to give legitimacy and credibility to our elected leaders.â€
The communities said,Â â€œwe condemned the downward trend and the decay that had led to massive poverty, violence and apathy, particularly youth violence, during political campaigns and elections, which were instigated by some unscrupulous politicians from the area.â€
The communities insisted that â€œhenceforth, the leadership in Yala at all level must be made to give account of their stewardship and our politicians should learn the virtue of turn by turn. Also, theÂ mandate and authority in the choice of candidates belong to the people and not any individual or political party.”
Political parties are only permitted to give effect to the choice of the Yala people.â€Youths, the communities said, should be encouraged to seek for tangible means of livelihood elsewhere, instead of chasing after politics, adding that Yala nation needs a think tank to plan the way forward, economically and socially for the communities.