A group of unemployed youths in Ondo State under the aegis of Association of Registered Unemployed Youths and Graduates of Nigeria, Ondo State Chapter, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari not to deploy federal might to rig the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial election in the state for Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
In an open letter on Sunday which was made available to newsmen, signed by Longe Olarenwaju and Olusola Alade, the group’s State Coordinator and State Secretary respectively, said Akeredolu has jettisoned various poverty alleviation and education programmes he inherited from the administration of Olusegun Mimiko. The youths decried the high cost of tuition fees in the state-owned tertiary institutions.
The letter reads in parts, “We don’t want Federal Might; we want our vote to count. Let the electorates elect the Governor of their choice in the State.
“Arising from above issues raised, it is hereby resolved that we the Unemployed Youths and Graduates of Ondo State numbering 66,000 registered members across the 18 Local Governments Say; No Federal Might; Our votes must count; No violence or use of force or coercion of innocent electorates.”
“No Intimidation or Harassment from any quarters on any armless citizens
No to the abuse of power ranging from the use of all security personnel to scare electorates from exercising their franchise on or before election day.
INEC as an unbiased umpire should not compromise their integrity for cash rewards,
“Sir, We, (Association of Unemployed Youths and Graduates of Nigeria Ondo State Chapter) want to use this medium to plead with your Excellency (President Buhari) to stay clear from Ondo State election and allow our votes to count.”
“The youths and people of Ondo State in general expressed a firm belief in your capacity to CHANGE Nigeria situation for the better, granted all available human and material endowed the Nation by God Almighty.”
“We want him (The Incumbent Governor) to test his popularity by allowing our vote to count in this coming election. Enough of propaganda to hoodwink the already impoverished citizens of the State by his ‘’See and Buy’ Vote Syndrome popularly called ‘Dibo ko se be’ in Yoruba language.”
“Our prospective youths can no more have access to education because of Hike in school fees of Tertiary Institutions, like Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo and Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko that were rated as one of the cheapest Tertiary Institutions some years back, can no longer be accessible to the children of the common man.”
“The lecturers’ salaries are not being paid for more than five months. All the poverty alleviation programmes which the present Administration met on ground were jettisoned.”
“School shuttle Bus for Primary and Secondary School students was no longer functioning; Health sector is no more accessible because, the government hospitals are no more affordable.”