A former Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Chief John Filani has said the need to give the youth the opportunity to take over leadership mantle informed his moving into Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the state.
Filani spoke while hosting the newly elected leadership of the Ekiti State Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Ado Ekiti during the week.
Filani, who is the newly elected YPP Chairman in Ekiti State, clarified the party would present a youth as the gubernatorial candidate in the 2022 election in the state.
He equally urged political stakeholders in the state to work together to ensure the state moved forward infrastructurally and conomically, adding they should also work towards changing what he called the status quo (meaning: the situation as it is now).
On what made him leave the APC, he said he was no longer convinced to continue to stay in the party.
He said: “I have looked through several other political parties and platforms where I can make available my wealth and resources of knowledge and I found that the Young Progressive Party (YPP) is a party that her constitution goes in line with the welfare of the masses."
He expressed optimism that come 2022 in Ekiti State and in the 2023 in general election in Nigeria that the Young Progressive Party (YPP) would be a third force with a radical departure from the past and that the platform will be the brightest choice for only the patriotic Nigerians and will be popularised as a Ballot Revolution Movement.
Also, speaking at the event, the current Chairman of IPAC in Ekiti State, Honourable Ifedayo Iyaniwura commended the efforts of Chief Filani for inviting the leadership of IPAC to the meeting.
He added the time of where tax clearance is made compulsory for political aspirants during the election is over especially during the local government elections in the State.
He, therefore called on the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) to be fair, noting that it has no right to disqualify any candidate or any political party from contesting in the local government election coming up later in the year.
The IPAC boss also called on party leaders in the state to ensure the nomination forms for the Councillorship candidates is free in order to encourage a more robust and popular participation by the other political parties ahead of the local government election.
Similarly, the Southwest Zonal Secretary of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Honourable Leye Ogunseyin charged other political party leaders in Ekiti State to be awake to their responsibilities ahead of the local government election.