Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi, the current leader of Nigeria’s youth-focused party, Modern Democratic Party (MDP) has reiterated that the new party was formed to address the frustration of young Nigerians with existing political structures, especially those crowded out of positions of power through insensitive financial requirements by elder statesmen and bureaucracy that cripples vibrant young minds and turns them into political puppets.
- The party leader made the statement at the party convention held on Saturday, 10 November, 2018, as popular entertainment and real estate mogul, Bankole ‘Banky W’ Wellington was unveiled as the party’s candidate to contest the Federal House of Representatives, representing Eti-Osa Constituency.
Widely pushing the need for young Nigerians to actively participate in politics, the Modern Democratic Party is led by Prince Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi, with pioneer member of ‘Not Too Young To Run’, Maryam Laushi as the National Publicity Secretary.
Speaking at the event, Bukunyi Olateru Olagbegi emphasized that young Nigerians do not identify with the political parties that currently exist, as the parties do not champion their nation-building policies.
“The answer is simple. Young Nigerians don’t identify with the parties that currently exist. The parties don’t care about the issues that matter to young people, don’t speak our language, don’t hear or even see us as anything other than part of the landscape they drive by on their way to their very important meetings. Young men and women who are driven and have purpose to do things for this country are being crowded out of power. The only answer to these questions was the Modern Democratic Party, a party created by young Nigerians to champion the civic ambitions of young Nigerians”, he said.
Unveiling his campaign slogan Hope’19, the candidate, Olubankole Wellington, said that “It is with the greatest sense of humility, purpose and destiny that I humbly announce to run for the 2019 Federal House of Representatives. I am under no illusions that this run will be easy considering who we are going up against, this is almost impossible”.
The party also identified education as its most important priority, explaining that Nigeria has underestimated the short and long-term consequences of illiteracy, calling for leaders to provide access to 13 million children who are out of school term, many of which are girls.