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“Obi Plunged His People Into Poverty” – APC Supporter Says Youths Prefer Tinubu

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There is a popular sentiment that the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is the preference of Nigerian youths in the forthcoming 2023 general elections in Nigeria. BBC described the former Anambra governor as the candidate “electrifying young Nigerians” ahead of the polls.

The British media said Obi enjoyed the support of young media-savvy Nigerians who are mostly urban under-30s. Also, a recent Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research report also agreed with BBC that Obi’s supporters are “mostly young, urban voters”, though it predicted a loss for the Labour Party flagbearer.

However, Jamiu Julius Adebayo, an ardent supporter of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC), disagreed with the sentiment. The youth believes in Tinubu and what he represents, says Adebayo In an exclusive interview with Edujandon.com, Adebayo, a “member of the progressives family from Ondo city in Ondo state” said in terms of getting the support of the youths, Tinubu is ahead of Obi.

“I can categorically tell you that Asiwaju’s largest support base is with the Youth constituency. The youth believes in him and what he represents.

“The youths of Nigeria need a thinker and a doer. The youth nation nerds a detribalised Nigeria who (when he was governor) gave opportunities to everyone regardless of where they came from, something that’s been sustained and became a tradition with his successors and not someone who’s seizing an opportunity to set Christians against Muslims; setting up Northerners and Westerners against the Easterners,” Adebayo, a chemical engineer and printer said, making reference to Obi

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He added:

“I think as a youthful, my perfect definition of who should lead Nigeria after PMB must be informed by their antecedents, track records, verifiable achievements and unparalleled commitment to the advancement of democratic ethos and principles. Asiwaju is the voice of the street, Lol!”

Speaking further, Adebayo who described himself as a “passionate and religiously dogged believer in the ideals and tenets of Tinubu”, said the APC flagbearer if elected in 2023 will give priority to youth and women’s development.

His words:

“It is important to note that youths are topmost in his list of prioritisation and are featuring so prominently on his campaigns as members of Policies and strategies and of course the Presidential campaign council in its entirety.

“Former Lagos Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola became a governor in his forties and had previously served as the Chief of Staff to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It’s a suitable remembrance that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was an aide to Asiwaju over two decades ago (only God knows how young he must have been at that time)

“He now leads a subnational government that’s the fifth largest economy on the continent if it were ranked as a Country. Incredibly, Asiwaju’s Action Plan has a detailed plan on his vision to provide for Students Loan credit schemes and of course, the establishment of more schools and employment of more teaching personnel.” Adebayo also spoke on Tinubu’s plan for the tech and creative industries.

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“Most important imports for the youths in Asiwaju’s Action plan are the technological hubs that would be created to harness more of these innate potentials. The creative industry is also another billion dollars sector that Tinubu’s Lagos continues to headquarter. Testament to these facts is the creation of both creative and tech committees as units in the presidential campaigns council of the APC.

“Asiwaju is already experimenting with these formulas right at the electioneering process and must be encouraged to go all the way. He’s shown he’s the only candidate with a workable action plan revolving around the development of the Youths and the total emancipation of Nigerian Youths from the shackles of “real and actionable ways to implement ideas”.

“He enlisted Iyin Aboyeji, Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Olu Arowolo Veirhenjen, Ajulucukwu, Zack Orji, Bimbo Akintola, Saheed Balogun, Taiwo Hassan, Rahama, Hammed Hassan and others to spearhead and give Policy directions for these sectors. Asiwaju gave the national women leader, Dr Betta Edu a platform to address a world gathering in Chatham House, UK. That’s one of the greatest empowerment,” he said.

Regarding Tinubu’s plan for women, the strong APC supporter said: “Asiwaju ensured his wife, Senator Remi Tinubu became a senator. Asiwaju is the first Nigerian Governor to use a woman as a running mate in Lagos, this is now a norm in other places. Asiwaju has promised to implement the 35% affirmative action for Nigerian women when elected President.”

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