A former governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke, said he would still take a shot at the presidency, if the opportunity presents itself. Duke spoke at a programme, “The Nigerian Symposium for Emerging Leaders ‘’, held in Lagos.
He said though he once aspired to the position but did not emerge the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he would still contest for the highest office in the country at the appropriate time.
Duke explained that it was because of his preference for the presidential seat that he did not vie for any federal legislative seat after serving out his terms as governor.
Duke said the country`s democracy would fare better if young people, who form the larger proportion of the population ,took more active part in its political process. He said most developed countries had young people as their leaders at one point or the other in their democratic history.
The former governor, however, said power was never given easily, urging young people to participate in the political process and use their prime to add value to the country. “I want to urge young people in the country not to see leadership as if it belongs to some people, but do everything positive to be part of it.
“You can only make a difference at the prime of your life. You can actually add value now, not when you are above 50. “So, you need to be part of the political process and play your part. It is your right to be there; nobody is doing you a favour.