Lagos – Mr Adetunji Omotola, a member of the board of trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South Africa chapter, has urged the party’s leadership to involve Nigerians in the diaspora particularly youths in the 2019 polls.
Omotola said on telephone from Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday that the youths and women had a lot to contribute to the fortunes of the party come 2019 elections.
“These group of people — youths, women and the elderly in the diaspora — have the resources, numbers and technical skills that can be harnessed towards the 2019 elections.
“The party leadership should be advised that there is a constituency that cannot be ignored –the youth, women, the elderly most importantly in the diaspora,” he said.
Omotola, who is contesting the House of Representatives seat in one of the Southwest states, however, noted that the PDP would need to do a lot of work and prayers to harmonize its structures in 12 months before going to the polls.
“As a candidate for the election, my message is changing the narrative and doing more with less.
“ Membership of a political party is the only way that one can be elected to serve in a democracy and that special position requires experience, dedication, integrity, patience, tolerance, vision to bring about prosperity to millions of Nigerians.
“ It involves sacrifice, trust and bonds of friendship in order to bring dividends of democracy and transformation to the lives of millions of people,” he said.
Omotola, also the Founder of the Guild of Nigerian Professionals in South Africa, said Nigerians in the Diaspora especially the youth, were disenchanted that their leaders do not care about them.
He added:“ In fact, some of the fall-outs from these frustrations are migration issues, insecurity, crime and the use of narcotics, restiveness.”
Omotola said Nigerians in the Diaspora had the connections and the experience that could be deployed to assist the country in reforming and restructuring its political system and the economy.
“ Let us now work together to build a strong political party like the Conservative Party, the Democratic Party, the African National Congress, Cha Cha Mapinduzi, ZANU-PF so that we can build a new nation that our founding fathers will be proud of.” (NAN)