From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Chances of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo contesting the 2023 president received a boost, yesterday, following the endorsement by 57 coalition youth groups.
The coalition, identified as National Coalition of Youths and Students (NACOYS), equally disclosed alreadiness to mobilise for a five million-man march that would involve Nigerian youths across the country, when the vice president would formally declare his intentions to contest.
They maintained their endorsement of Osinbajo was part of strategies to signal a resolve that Nigerian youths cannot afford to remain indifferent to the nation’s political process and its future.
According to the coalition’s National Coordinator, Festus Ofume, “for the future of Nigeria, we firmly believe the man, Osinbajo, 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 having being an acting president and vice president with passion to consolidate on the achievements of the last seven years.”
In a communique after their meeting with officials of The Progressive Project, sole coordinating body for scores of existing and upcoming pro-Osinbajo groups across Nigeria, representatives of the 57 youth organisations also emphasised resolve to mobilise, at least, five million youths across Nigeria to support Osinbajo if he finally decides to run for the presidency in 2023.
“Being the most viable candidate for the office of the president, we shall, in the best of today’s youths and coming generations, strive towards the election of Osinbajo as the president of Nigeria in 2023.
“At our enlarged meeting in Abuja on January 10, 2022, we unanimously endorse Osinbajo as our candidate for the top job of the president 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.
“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 potential towards redressing issues of deep concerns 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 and other policies targeting macro-economic stability and restoration of economic growth.”
NACOYS communique also emphasised the need for power shift from North to South and the need to pick an experienced and competent person from the North as a running mate towards ensuring further consolidation of Nigeria’s unity as realisation of collective aspirations for progress, peace and development.
“We, members of NACOYS and other stakeholders have resolved that Osinbajo, who is a southerner should succeed President Muhaamadu Buhari as the tide is set for the presidency to rotate to the South.
“In this regard, we know that Osinbajo will select his running mate from the North to balance the political equation and ensure effective representation of the North for the national interest and the interest of future generations.
“After scrutinising the current challenges of the country and the pertinent efforts and roles played by Osinbajo, towards containing these challenges, we are firmly confident about his capacity to address all the challenges the country is currently facing, if given the chance to serve in the capacity of commander-in-chief and chief executive officer of the country.
“After due consideration and a nationwide sampling of opinions among the youths and students across Nigeria six geopolitical zones, we came to the firm conclusion that 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,” the coalition said.