2023 : Youth groups ask Osinbajo to contest presidency, say he will unite Nigeria

by Adabanija Kamorudeen

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
Kwara YouthMovement

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

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