Comrade Goodluck Arab, a 28-year-old accountancy graduate of the Niger Delta University (NDU) has declared his intention to contest the 2020 governorship election in Bayelsa state, saying he is the solution to poor governance and mismanagement in the state.
Comrade Goodluck Arab is an indigene of Okoroba community in Nembe local government area of Bayelsa state and was born in 1989.
Comrade Arab, while declaring on Monday in the Okaka area of Yenagoa, said his declaration on the celebration of 57th and 21st years anniversary celebration of Nigeria and Bayelsa state was strategic and a declaration of the independence of youths from the political clutches of the old politicians.
Arab, while addressing multitude of youths, made up of members of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), the National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and the Bayelsa FaceBook Community, told the youths in the state that the era of youths being offered money to hijack ballot boxes and shoot one another is over.
He said: “Now is the time for the youths to show the elderly politicians that we possess the capacity and number to defeat them in an election and govern the state.
“With all the big names we have in Bayelsa and years of political governance, the state is still backward and under developed.
“I have brought myself out to end hunger, delay in salary and pension payment, illegal arrest and killings. I will be a detribalised governor. I am the solution to the problems of the state.”
Arab, however, noted that he has not chosen a political platform yet to actualize his governorship aspiration, noting that he is still consulting with stakeholders.
In their solidarity speeches, the Governor of the Bayelsa Face Book Community, Chief Esueya Adulphus and a member of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Hon. Robert Igali, commended the boldness of the governorship aspirant to step out and asked the youths of the state to ensure a youthful governor is voted into office in the next general elections.
Adolphus Esueya, however, noted with concern the show of poor support and pride among youths to support their own, saying: “The greatest challenge against achieving a youthful governor in 2020 is ourselves. Recent events have shown that youths of Bayelsa are filled with pride, envy and anger against a youthful candidate.”
He also informed the crowd of youths that the Bayelsa state FaceBook Community has met with the leadership of three political parties, Labour Party, All Progressive Congress (APC), on the need to ensure that a youth is allowed to contest on the party platform, noting that it has appealed that a waiver should be given to youth for us to contest and win.
Also speaking, Comrade Robert Igali called on youths in the state to be vigilante as the decision to wrestle power from the elderly political will not come without consequences, “Before now, they use us as thugs and ballot box snatchers. Now, they will use money and post to weaken the youths”
“They will not open the political space for the youths in the State. They will not allow you because they know you have the numeric strength and capacity to retire them politically. “