We have seen many candidates for legislative offices hide behind the popularity of their parties’ governorship and presidential candidates to win elections.

For youths in Ikorodu, never again will they be represented by irresponsible politicians who just want to be addressed as 'honorable'.

The Ikorodu Division Youth Movement (IDYM), Lagos State wants political office holders to give priority to issues that concern the youth.

So, they organized an interactive session and debate for some party candidates, at the Ikorodu Town Hall and candidates in Ikorodu, seeking election into the legislature from different political parties were present for the debate.

They include Mrs Oyebanjo Adeola of African Democratic Congress (ADC) Mr Balogun Rotimi, Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Prince Adegoke Adeola, Alliance for Democracy (AD) and Mr Adeyemi Odofin (ADC).

Others present were Mr Paul Okoro (ANN), Ayobami Bork (AD) and Mr Sanai Agunbiade, All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Oluwaseun Elesho, President and Coordinator of IDYM, said that youths made up the highest number among the electorate and needed to know what plans candidates seeking their votes had for them.

“The essence of organising the debate is to ensure that people of the constituency have the opportunity to ask questions from various candidates on their plans if they are elected.

“The electorate will have direct discussions and engagement with them on how to tackle and improve the lives of people in the constituencies,” Elesho said.

He said the debate and interactive session with political office holders was to help in getting a better attitude of political leaders and office holders to the youth.

Elesho used the opportunity to also warn youths not to engage themselves in political violence as the forthcoming general elections draw closer.

Answering questions from the youths on their plans for the constituencies if voted as lawmakers, the candidates unfolded what they had in store.

Although, the candidates all seemed to have similar plans, the event would have made decision making easier for the youths of Ikorodu.

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