The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has called on the National Assembly (NASS) to kill the Social Media Bill before it with immediate effect.
He advised that passing the bill would kill the innovativeness and energy of Nigerian youths.
Secondus said this in his address at the PDP National Youth Summit for the South East geopolitical zone, held in Anambra on Friday.
He said the world had advanced and that only those that were Information and Technology driven, would compete adding that Nigeria had mass of innovative and energetic youths that could make the country one of the most competitive in the world.
According to him, soon, Nigerian youths will develop alternative source for electricity for Nigeria to have constant power for its industries, including other ideas that will create jobs.
“I believe in the youths, the capacity of the youths, the intellectual capacity of the youths, the PDP believe that it is only the youths that can sit to create wealth and millions of jobs, using new technology, that is the way to go.
“We rely on youths across this nation, that is why our policy as a party is that all the states controlled by the PDP must include youths in their structures and provide a platform for them to research and innovate.
“The social media bill before the national assembly must be killed, our leaders in NASS are here, if they go ahead to tamper with what is already existing, it means that our youths cannot make progress like their counterparts in other countries including Kenya,” he said.
He, however, urged Nigerian youths to be law-abiding.
South East Zonal Chairman of the party, Ali Odefa, said PDP youths were among the most refined youths in Nigeria, and that the party remained the most youth-friendly party in view of the number of offices they occupied in its structures.
He said South East still belonged to the PDP in spite of defection of Ebonyi governor, Chief Dave Umahi.
“Despite what has happened (defection) the South East remains in PDP. What has happened recently is just a temporary setback. Ebonyi remains a PDP state and we will correct that very soon.
“We will demonstrate that South East is for PDP by taking Anambra in 2021. See the number of national assembly members we have in Anambra, how come we are unable to win the governorship seat? That is the mathematics we will solve very soon,” he said.
Mr Udeh Okoye, National Youth Leader of the party, said youths had better opportunities under PDP government.
Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, Chairman of PDP in Anambra, thanked the youths for their commitment and resolve to support the party to victory in spite the challenges.
Nwobu said the youths were crucial to the success of PDP in Anambra 2021 governorship election and assured that the party would reclaim the Anambra Government House with their positive contributions.
The summit was attended by youths from all the states in the South east, and also leaders of the party in the zone.
Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman of the party, Sen. Walid Jibril, Enugu State governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, former Vice presidential candidate of the party, Mr Peter Obi, Senate minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe were among those who attended the summit.