2023 : Youth groups ask Osinbajo to contest presidency, say he will unite Nigeria
Youth groups under the umbrella of the National Coalition of Youth and Students (NACOYS) have asked Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo to run for the office of the presidency in 2023.
Speaking on Monday at a media briefing in Abuja, Festus Ofume, NACOYS national coordinator, said Osinbajo is “most qualified” to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari
Ofume said the vice-president has “empathy” for youths and an understanding of the economy.
“For the future of Nigeria, we firmly believe that the man, Yemi Osinbajo SAN, GCON, is the best qualified for the office of the president, especially with his intellectual accomplishment, empathy for the younger generation, understanding of the economy and the fact that he has the experience of being an acting president and vice-president with uncompromised passion to consolidate on the achievements of the last seven years,” the coordinator said.
“Being the most viable candidate for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we shall, in the best of today’s youth and coming generations, strive towards the election of professor Yemi Osinbajo as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2023.
“At our enlarged meeting held at Abuja on the 10th day of January, 2022, we unanimously endorsed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as our candidate for the top job of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the 2023 general election.
“We came to this conclusion after due consultations nationwide and after a thorough assessment of all he has done over the past seven years.
“Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is not only the best qualified among all the names being mentioned as potential aspirants, he is also the most qualified in terms of practical potentials towards redressing issues of deep concern such as the rule of law and unemployment.
“He has consistently demonstrated deep passion for impactful economic policies and we all know a bit about his roles in the Economic Recovery and Growth Project (ERGP) and other policies targeting macro-economic stability and restoration of economic growth.”
Ofume said in line with the calls for power shift to the south, Osinbajo is the “best” since he is from the south-west region.
“We know that Mr. Yemi Osinbajo will select his running mate from the north to balance the political equation and ensure effective representation of the north for national interest and the interest of future generations,” Ofume said.
“After due consideration and a nationwide sampling of opinions among the youths and students across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones, we came to the firm conclusion that professor Yemi Osinbajo is a well-liked and highly acceptable figure to people across the country.
“We are in no doubt that he is best qualified to foster national unity and quench the incessant aggressive quest for self-determination and demarcation of Nigeria.”
Groups said to make up the coalition are listed below;
North Central Youth Assembly of Nigeria (NCYAN)
ECOWAS Youth Parliament
Association of Northern Nigeria Students
Arewa Youth And Students Assembly (AYASA)
Arewa Youth Parliament (AYP)
National Youth Progressive Front Usman Mubarak
Sir Ahmadu Bello Youth Council of Nigeria (ABYCN)
National Association of University Students (NAUS)
Nigeria Good Governance And Transparency Initiative
National Youth Awareness Group
APC National Students Vanguard
Association of Northern Yoruba Students
Arewa Youths Congress of Nigeria
Petroleum Training Institute SUG
Federal Polytechnic Offa SUG
Delta State University Abraka SUG
Rufus Giwa Polytechnic SUG
Akwa Ibom State University SUG
Federal University of Technology Akure SUG
University of Benin SUG
Northern Yoruba Youth Forum
National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS)
National Forum For Youths and Women Education Development
Auchi Polytechnic SUG
Coalition of North Central Vanguard
Part-time Students’ Union Government
Ufedo Udama Meetings of Ojoku Sons Daughters
Nigeria Alliance of Muslim and Christan Youth (NAMCY)
Arewa Youth Forum (Kogi Chapter)
Arewa Awareness Parliament
Concerned Benue Youth For Good Governance
Inext Youths Forum (IYF) Oyo State
Arewa Youth Assembly
Unified Nigerian Youth Forum
Arewa Youth Peace Initiative (AYPI)
Nigerian Women Peace Initiative Association (NWPIA)
National Youth’s Awareness Group
National Association of Business Administration and Management Students
(Kogi State Polytechnic Chapter)
Igala Youth Forum
Intellectual Youth Alliance of Nigeria
Northern Youth Council of Nigeria
Kogi Youth Progressive Movement
Coalition for Youth Engagement for Better Nigeria
Ebira Peace Movement Initiative (EPMI)
Young Farmers Cooperative
Oyo Students’ Collective
Nigeria Renaissance Group
Young Futurists of Enugu
New Wave Orientals
Adamawa Young Pioneers
Creek Champions’ Campaign for Development
Omo’badan Progressive Youth Circle
Youth for New Lagos