By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
Barrister Georgina Dakpokpo, is the national chairman of the Young Democratic Party, YDP, a party that formally entered the country’s political space in 2016.
What was the motivation for the registration of the party?
What exactly do you mean by Young or are you targeting only the young?
What is your reaction to the calls by Presidents Obasanjo and Babangida for a new breed of politicians?
Starting with Obasanjo, there is nothing that he said that is really new. It is something that the citizenry have been talking about for a long time, something that even politicians and political parties including YDP have talked about for a long time. By the position he holds in the political landscape, he has been able to amplify it and of course because of his knack for writing letters to the powers that be and the resultant effect; so it made much impact. So, there is nothing new, and it actually represents what the young people have been saying for a very long time.
Having President Ibrahim Babangida say the same thing is of great consequence because these are two former generals talking to a former general. It is welcome, it is something that is expected, but what I don’t particularly support is President Olusegun Obasanjo actively getting involved in a movement or a coalition. He had said to us just before 2015 that he was tearing up his party membership card and that he wasn’t going into active politics any longer. So, why is he doing this now?
Absolutely, we do, but I also believe that we cannot do it alone. We need these older people, but it is now that they should allow us come into power, now that we still have the privilege of them being around so that if we are doing things out of place, they can direct us.
As I said earlier, the young people form the bulk of the population, but if you look at the proportion of the young who have come to reckoning, it is actually nominal. So, we want to be in more executive positions, in more elective positions, and I don’t think that there is any other government like the present government that has seriously and severely maligned the young people in elective and appointive offices.
When was the party registered?
January 15, 2016.