- Senator Dino Melaye has said that no old or former leader of Nigeria should be voted in 2019
- Melaye said the youths must weed out those who he has termed as "Old Cargoes"
- The Kogi lawmaker assured youths that no one can steal their mandate
Senator Dino Melaye, (APC, Kogi West) ahead of the 2019 presidential election, said over the weekend, that the youths must do away with all those who have ruled the nation before.
Melaye said: "It was high time those he termed old cargoes were chased out of the political scene".
According to Melaye, if the youths must weed out the old politicians successfully, it has become imperative for them to come out and participate fully in politics and take their rightful positions up to the leadership level.
Speaking to the youths in Abuja at a dinner and lecture organised by the Nigerian Youths Parliament, Melaye noted that there was no way someone in his 70s can still be in a leadership position in the Nigerian polity if the youths are effectively involved and in charge.
The lawmaker said that youths constitute over 60 percent of the electoral votes that can be used by them to determine who emerges as leader in the country at whatever level.
Vanguard reports that Melaye admonished the youths to stop wasting their youthful energy on non- productive ventures, said that they should, instead, engage in productive ones such as politics, economics and social activities by harnessing their potentials effectively.
Melaye, who represented the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the event, assured the youths that nobody can take away their enormous potentials from them if channelled in the right directions, adding, “You must picture the future you want to feature in.
You need to develop your capacity. There is no way someone in his 70s can still be in a leadership position in the Nigerian polity if you the youths are effectively involved and in charge.”