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8 Feb 2018

Buhari Has No Choice But To Re-Contest In 2019 - Igbo Youths

The Ohandigbo Youths Organization (OYO) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has no choice than to seek re-election in the 2019 general elections. The group also revealed that its members across the country were already mobilising for a mega rally in Abuja to compel the president to seek re-election.
Speaking at a meeting held today, Thursday, February 8, at the residence of its national coordinator, Chief Nduka Anyanwu, the leader of the group revealed that they have elected directors into various positions to coordinate mobilisation for the rally. President Buhari's support base in the South-east seems to be growing by the day. Photo credit: State House

It was gathered that the meeting was attended by youths from the six geopolitical zones of the country, representing various youth groups “All is now set for the mega rally scheduled to take place in Abuja by first week of March, 2018, and Mr. President has no choice than to once again listen to the voice of reason and declare to contest in 2019,” Anyanwu told his audience. He also hailed the president for the recognition accorded him for his fight against corruption by the African Union, at its recently held summit in Addis Ababa, Ethopia.

His words: “Transforming a highly corrupt society like Nigeria is not easy as it requires a rare political will which President Buhari has demonstrated. “This is why the president was honoured as the champion of Africa's fight against corruption at the African Union's summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “Without mincing words, the success of the fight against corruption in Nigeria must have motivated the AU to pick the the fight against corruption as her theme this year.”

Also speaking, the coordinator of South-west zone of the group, Ahmed Bamidele faulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo's letter to President Buhari and called it a calculated attempt to tear the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) apart. Bamidele said that the former president did not exhibit a real character of a statesman as he could have personally sort audience with the president .

“The news making the rounds that former president Obasanjo is floating a national movement and luring APC governors and National Assembly members to remove President Buhari in office by defeating him in 2019 general election makes his motive politically suspicious and his letter an ill conceived one that must never be taken seriously," Bamidele said. On his own, Mallam Saidu Kabiru who spoke on behalf of the northern youths thanked Ohandigbo Youths Organization for taking the initiative to mobilise youths across the country in support of President Buhari for a second term in office.

He stated that it is a good omen that movement started from the South-east and it is embraced by all young Nigerians, adding that “we have all realised that the future of the youths is guaranteed unlike in the past when the collective commonwealth of Nigerians are stolen without conscience.”

Mallam Kabiru assured the South-east delegates to the meeting that come 2023, northern youths of the 19 states would support a Nigerian president of South-east extraction to balance the power equity in Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999.

Earlier, the group's director of strategy and mobilization, Kelechi Shedrack, stated that the youths were in Abuja to decide on the final proposed date for the rally and said a tentative date has been fixed while a final meeting will be held to ascertain its authenticity.

Accordingly, youths of the various zones took turns to reiterate their support for President Buhari and demonstrated commitment to make the rally a success.

Meanwhile, a chieftain of the ruling APC in Niger state, Alhaji Abubakar Ma’aji, has declared that President Buhari remains the only credible choice in the 2019 general elections. Ma’aji who spoke in an interview with newsmen in Minna, argued that the choice in 2019 would be between credibility and return to years of massive corruption and insecurity.

He urged the electorate to vote for continuity in order to consolidate on ongoing changes in the country that would set the nation on the path of progress.

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