Some group of youths in the Southeast have begun canvassing support for the presidential ambition of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar ahead of the 2019 election.
The group, under the aegis of South Eastern Youth Movement for Atiku Abubakar, described the former vice president as a tested hand which distinguished him during his reign as vice president. They declared their support using the slogan – Hope 2019: Atiku is coming.
Speaking in Awka after its inaugural meeting, the group’s Coordinator, Maxwell Umeaba said they had resolved to support the former Vice President to realize his presidential ambition with its stronghold in the five states of the South East. He said:
“We have resolved to come together to take our destiny into our hands. We have raised army of voters in all the states in the South East.
“Atiku is a tested hand, whose works during his reign as vice president distinguished him. As a good business man who has overseen several successful businesses, Nigeria would be in safe hands if he is elected.”
Describing Atiku’s defection to PDP as a welcome development towards reshaping the country, Umeaba stressed that Nigerian youths believe in him and would strongly support him.
He regretted that the present administration under the APC had relegated the youths and denied them of inclusiveness in governance.
A member of the group, Mr. Ezenwafor, reaffirmed that the youths of South-east had vowed not to go back to supporting a leader, who will not provide opportunities for youths to excel.
It will be recalled that a coalition of youths championing system change had recently vowed to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, among others were rejected at the 2019 general elections.
In a statement issued in Enugu and signed by Mr. Bello Olanrewaju, Aliyu Abdulrahaman, and Tina Inyamah, the youths advised the aforementioned to drop their presidential ambitions to avoid being disgraced by the outcome of the election.
The youths stressed that asides Buhari and Atiku, any other candidate beyond 50 years would also be rejected. Hear them:
“Having successfully concluded our summit in Enugu, Lagos, and Abuja, we have come to the conclusion that the major problem facing Nigeria is bad leadership.
“We are being faced with a situation where people who are now lacking in new ideas are running the affairs of the country. Although some of them have a good vision for the country, they lack the capacity to drive the process owing to their age and lack of new ideas.”
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who recently defected from the ruling APC to the PDP has expressed his intentions to run against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.