By Simon EBEGBULEM, Benin
THE Benin Youth Council (BYC), a socio-cultural organization in Edo state, has vowed to participate in the process of selection and election of persons into the senate and House of Representatives in the seven Local Government Councils that made up the Edo South senatorial district in the 2011 general elections.
The group argued that they decided to take this position as a result of what they described as the alleged ineffective representation of the Binis in the senate, â€œlack of purposeful leadership and most of all financial recklessness of those currently representing us in the National Assembly. The days where some persons hide under the banner of Benin-Agenda to further their pockets and family interests are overâ€.
The BYC in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Mr Aigbe Osakue made their decision known in a statement issued to newsmen in Benin City yesterday.
According to the statement â€œ w have scrutinized and analyzed the curriculum vitae of the various Bini sons and daughters who are aspiring to represent Edo South at the senate, in the National and State Assemblies, and after a painstaking and tensed debate over the most credible person for the job, we have unanimously endorsed the candidature of Mr Henry Idahagbon as the best Bini son to represent us at the senate come 2011.
â€œThe decision was taken based on his intimidating profile, especially as former chairman of Egor Local Government Council, as a former commissioner in the state. We are tired of bench warmer in the senate and those who strongly believe in using other peopleâ€™s children as thugs and election roguesâ€ it stated.
The statement added that â€œif Nigeria is to attain development, we as a people must choose credible, purposeful persons to represents us, it is high time we move away from money bag kind of politics into politics of development which can only be attained if we elect credible, masses oriented persons into powerâ€.